Pastime Movie Grill

118 S. Harris Street,
Sandersville, GA 31082

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Previous Names: Pastime Theater

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Pastime Movie Grill

The original Pastime Theatre opened in 1911 at 116 Malone Street (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). In 1938 a new Pastime Theatre opened and has been closed, and reopened several times. It was the main theater in my parent’s home town. It last operated as a dinner and a movie house, like the Pal Theatre in Louisville.

The theater one time was owned by one of my cousin’s uncle Willard Renfroe. My cousin related a story about when “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was playing. One night during the first show several boys left the emergency exit open and went home and got several chainsaws. During the second showing at a suspenseful time the boys started the saws and ran throughout the theater putting the patrons in a frenzy.

Contributed by Jesse Brantley

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

“OTHER SIDE OF MIDNGHT” opens April 30 1976.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

bet with digital now it is closed CHUCK..

Adam on November 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hey mike do you have any old movie theater stuff you would sell? I see your theaters very well

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I have a bunch of stuff, but most of it comes from theatres I worked at, when they went dark I would go in a grab what I wanted before the wrecking ball got there, the best thing is to get off the beaten path on the back roads and run into an old closed theatre or drive in, sure there are a few around…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

there was also another theatre downtown not far from here, don’t know why its not on here…

Chris1982 on November 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

Mike the other theatre you are talking about is the Arcade Theatre and it listed on CT

Trolleyguy on March 2, 2020 at 9:54 am

Status should be: Closed.

SethG on September 7, 2021 at 8:36 am

Opening date is wrong. There is no building on this lot on the December 1923 Sanborn. The style of the facade looks more like something from the ‘30s. If there was an earlier Pastime, it was somewhere else.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2021 at 5:54 pm

An earlier Pastime Theatre at Sandersville was listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, unfortunately with no address given.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2021 at 8:13 pm

The NRHP registration form for the Sandersville Commercial and Industrial Historic District says that the new Pastime Theatre opened at this location in 1938. It replaced the smaller Pastime that had operated on Malone Street since 1911.

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