Peach Orchard Cinemas

2708 Peach Orchard Road,
Augusta, GA 30906

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RussellSmeak on June 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

New emphasis on building south Augusta up…lots of new construction, new stores/restaurants, and new businesses. Soooooo, why not a new theater over there?? Closest theater is many miles away. But I’m thinking a new theater is about the last thing on anyone’s mind, since they’ve been without one for several decades.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2018 at 6:17 pm

but bad screens,,,,tcowan 13…

tcowan13 on November 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

I Saw Star Wars,Friday The 13th & Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome In This Theater.I Miss This Place,Dearly

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm

i shot a video inside after it had been gutted pretty much…

bcordy on March 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Dunno if there were any interior photos taken (a shame if there wasn’t), but they lined the plexiglass hallway with these orange lights that also lined the stairs that led into each auditorium – sometimes I enjoyed going just to see the lights, nevermind the movie.

bcordy on March 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I grew up down the road (born early 1980s) and saw dozens of movies here, both first run and the summer matinees they’d bus a whole bunch of us kids over to see from summer camp. I remember it as the Peach Orchard Cinemas – never knew it was originally named after Weis.

Saw “An American Tail” there and a few other films. I remember my parents taking me along when they went to see “The Witches of Eastwick” – ha ha. I also remember this theater played “Poltergeist II” for what seemed like forever, and I, a toddler, was terrified of just the poster alone (having seen the commercials on TV).

They did have a small marquee. The address is 2708 Peach Orchard Rd Augusta GA 30906 – there’s a Big Lots and a beauty supply store where the movie theater used to be.

After the Regal Exchange opened in 1988 (and they tended to show more kid/family movies, we all but ceased going to Peach Orchard). Maybe a few more summer matinees (which always consisted of “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!”, “Here Come the Littles”, “The Secret of the Sword” (starring He-Man), and any of the Looney Tunes movies) with summer camp and that was it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 6:22 am

Thanks Jennifer,plez had more comments,been trying to get locals into this site….

japatters on February 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

WEIS! Opted for ET on AMC in the background tonight. Remembered where I watched ET first…WEIS! Same for Bambi (disturbing school field trip) and Tron, and probably others, if the mental sediments were stirred. Remember digging for change to play the Tron video machine (as called back then) in the lobby. Wow…what a flashback. I’ve only watched ET, in full, twice…second time at RO film fest in Athens. So happy I found this website! Mom still lives down the road! Jennifer

rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

This opened on June 14th, 1974. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Trey add any more that you can.

Trey Simmons
Trey Simmons on June 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

Saw quite a few movies at this theater. I remember seeing Star Wars here in summer of 77. As others have noted, this side of town went way down hill towards the mid to late 80s, I dont recall going here past about 1986…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

Augusta’s first Twin thatre wasn’t built in west Augusta but in South Augusta.However,at that time a safe place to raise a family if you could stand the stink fom the Industrial plants built there.

“WALKING TALL” plays Oct.4 1974.


2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY plays on that small screen on Oct 4 1974.[what a joke.}

“GODFATHER II” plays Christmas 1974 on TWO screens.

Sept,26 1975 “GIVE THEM HELL , HARRY” opens Nationwide Performances,Call Ralph Aikens,Mgr,for special group rates.

August 29 1976 a cheapie also playing down the street at the Weis Drive-in, “INFRAMAN”.the ad makes it look like a Super 8 production,no I take that back, I could make a better film than that.

One I couldn’t top.the Duke’s Last film here,“THE SHOOTIST”.I was able to get the one-sheet.

Nov 24 1976 “MARATHON MAN”


Nov 2 1977 “ONION FIELD”

April 16 1982 Weis didn’t get alot of Disney, But “ROBIN HOOD” is playing.

April 20 1982 “PARTNERS” is playing.

June 3 1983 has two Great Comedies,“TOOSIE” and “KING OF COMEDY”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

No you are not Dreaming they had a tacky little road Marquee that was a joke.Litchfield Must have installed it,I know Weis did not.

RussellSmeak on April 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Mike, are you sure Weis never had a marquee?? I thought I remember them having a very, very small one on Peach Orchard Rd. It was pretty short (still required a ladder to get up there), and only had about 3 lines on it. Am I dreaming again??

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

“STAR WARS” still playing October 20 1977,Two evening shows and still after this long of a run “NO PASSES”.wonder how many Augustan’s got in Free,Quite a few if I know the theatre business.LOL.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Yep,that was the Weis Cinema Centre,never a marquee just a little twin stuck in an existing building.One reason “STAR WARS” played there so was Tiny compared to my Columbia 1 and 2.Thanks Nick.Russell.I will put most of our girls from Regency up against any I ever worked with from ABC,Plitt or GCC in Athens.Remember Anne?

Nunzienick on February 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Yep, “E.T.” sure had ‘em weeping just about everywhere it played…certainly made plenty guys happy…the perfect date movie!

RussellSmeak on February 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Yeah, that’s a pic of it alright. Looking back over my last post on this place, it reminded me of the girls that worked there! Man, they had some cute ones, that’s for sure. But, now that I look back on it, I know why. The manager had an eye out for the cute girls, that’s all I’ll say. I remember going to see “E.T.” at that theater…saw it 3 times and with a different girl each time! After the first time, I knew when to make myself available for my date when she started crying! LOL!!

Nunzienick on February 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Photo of Weis Cinema/Peach Orchard Cinemas just before closing in the spring of 1990:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

And you let Zack think I did that underwear topic on the Phone.It was sorta fun getting Chewed out, After he blessed you out he looked at me and said"And quit calling Rochelle,Richocet",Heck, I still call her that more than her real name.LOl.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I remember Robert.Geez was I the only guy Scromping with the Concession and BO girls. I thought all of you were doing it.But you were always the Gentleman until you asked girls over the phone the COLOR of their panties!!!!!!Can’t make it up,Folks.Did you ever tell Mira that story?

RussellSmeak on January 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Mike, you mentioned the plexi-glass tunnel that people had to walk through from the boxoffice to the concession area of the lobby. The word was that the tunnel was deemed a hazard, because if there had been a fire, people who were trapped in that tunnel would have that plexiglass (or whatever it was) melt all around them! Rumor was that the fire marshall who inspected the place after it was built, was paid off. Course, don’t know if that’s true or not, but it was always interesting to go in there and walk through the tunnel…quickly, I might add!! The manager, for a good while, was a guy named Robert. He was married with a couple of kids, but that didn’t stop him from being a playboy with the candy girls! I had a couple of his employees that left him and came to work with me at Regency, and they told me of his “smooth moves”. It was sad, but funny at the same time. Like I’ve said before, I can honestly say that I NEVER made a move…that I remember…on one of my concession girls…that I remember, okay? I guess I was always afraid of getting caught. And, besides, they were too young. Anyway, back to the theater, I remember having to run over to the Weis on several occasions to borrow popcorn, or oil, or napkins, or whatever! And they’d do the same from time to time. That Weis theater and our GCC theater were the only ones of our companies in town, so I guess that’s why we didn’t mind sharing when we had to. We even had a joint softball team! Do you remember that, Mike?? By the way, in case you’re wondering, yeah, that Weis manager, Robert?….he cheated at softball too!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

May 14 1976 “GRIZZLY” “JAWS” rip-off filmed in NORTH GEORGIA.Plays at WEIS CINEMAS.

March 26 1976 Finally got a date on seeing “CAMELOT” here with Beverly. I hated this place would never give out passes to other theatre chains. On the other side was the X rated “JOYS OF A WOMAN” she wasn’t going there.LOL.

Feb. 20 1976 “SHAMPOO”

June 8 1979,Typical WEIS rip off advertising “sennsround' for "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”.Imperial theatre was the only theatre to use that Universal product.And they still owe me and three other ushers for putting the Speakers in for “EARTHQUAKE” I ain’t forgetting.

March 16 1979 a Great movie if you have never seen it,“SILENT PARTNER” left here for Daniel Village.I saw it at Daniel Village cause I GOT IN FREE THERE!!!!!

Jan 26 1979 what do you do when you get the turkey of the year? “OLIVER’S STORY"playing,Admission reduced to 99 cents on this feature only.

Oct.28 1977 “STAR WARS” 15th big week,At Weis Cinema

August 26 1977 “STAR WARS” nine weeks going.

Weis cinemas seeing a break in Midnight stranglehold ABC THEATRES had on Late Shows books “LET IT BE” and “REEFER MADNESS” on Oct 15 1976.I notice we were running NO late Shows at National Hills or the Imperial that weekend.

March 27 1981 “AMERICAN POP” plays.

Playing Dollar movies “THE HUNTER” and “AIRPLANE” are at the WEIS Sept. 12 1980.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Why do titles have to be so close.Yep, it was “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN"Rated Pg. Thanks again.

Coate on August 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Didn’t “The Other Side Of Midnight” get released in 1977? Perhaps you meant “The Other Side Of The Mountain”?