Arcade Theater

155 E. Church Street,
Sandersville, GA 31082

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Arcade Theater

The Arcade Theater was opened by 1948 and was still open in 1962. This theater has been closed for over 40 years but is still standing, minus its front which was demolished in the mid to late 2010’s.

Contributed by Jesse Brantley

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I did TAKE pictures of the PASTIME theatre there,But Heck, I ain’t got no way to put them on here.I wish i could mail them to CT and let those computers brains put them on.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Maybe Robin can teach you how to post photos>

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on May 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I was in Sandersville over the weekend and my cousin told me about the Twin Cities Drive. It has been closed about as long as the Arcade.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on May 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I was in Sandersville over the weekend and my cousin told me about the Twin Cities Drive. It has been closed about as long as the Arcade.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for the photo J.B. rather plain looking theatre.

SethG
SethG on September 7, 2021 at 7:47 am

This is a really poor listing. No address, and closed 40 years as of when? The correct address is 155 E Church St. The entire front has been torn down, as well as the projection booth. There is a new door stuck into the wall of the auditorium, so someone must still be using it for something.

SethG
SethG on September 7, 2021 at 7:55 am

The entry does look right for about 1950, but the construction looks pretty old-fashioned, with the big auditorium at the back, and a tin clad projection booth stuck onto the wall. The Arcade name is also old-fashioned. The 1923 map shows this corner occupied by several public school buildings. The front was still there in 2014.

SethG
SethG on September 7, 2021 at 9:48 am

Demolition of the front revealed an amusing note from management on the door to the projection booth (which is now high up on the wall of the remaining structure):

‘A PROJECTIONIST’S PLACE

IS IN THE BOOTH

DURING THE SHOWTIME

SO UNTIL IT’S GO TIME

DON’T LEAVE NO TIME’

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2021 at 7:50 pm

Sandersville had two theaters open in 1948, and one of them was likely the Arcade, though the names are not given in this item from Motion Picture Herald of November 6 that year:

“Hal Macon, owner of the two theatres in Sandersville, has announced the opening of his new drive-in there for November 15.”
The Arcade was still in operation in 1962, when manager B. L. Brown had three capsule movie reviews published in the “Exhibitor Has His Say” column of Boxoffice for January 15.

This web page has six photos of the outside of the Arcade building after the demolition of the front section, and says that it was operating as a theater into the 1970s. The fake mansard on the front which can still be seen in the June, 2014 Google street view is characteristic of the 1970s and 1980s, so was probably added when the Arcade was converted to other uses, but the glass brick around the entrance was pure 1930s, or maybe early 1940s. That’s probably the period when it opened, unless it was converted from some other original use later.

The auditorium building looks like it might have been added behind an even older commercial building at some point, and could originally have housed something else, like a skating rink, a dance hall, or a bowling alley, any of which would have been likely to use glass blocks as a feature in the 1930s. The external projection booth, which could have been added later, also suggests that something of that sort might have happened.

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