East Side Theatre

718 E. Broad Street,
Savannah, GA 31401

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Previously operated by: Weis Theatres

Architects: Oscar M. Hansen

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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East Side - Savannah, GA

The East Side Theatre was opened on August 14, 1946 with Dewey ‘Pigmeat’ Markham in “Fight that Ghost”. It was owned by the Bailey Company and primarily showed African-American films.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

Boxoffice of November 24, 1945, said that work was progressing on the Eastside Theatre in Savannah, and the new theater “for colored patronage” would open by February 22 the next year. The house was designed by Savannah architect Oscar M. Hansen.

SidKCols on May 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

I am surprised that this theater has not been saved.

David_Schneider on January 15, 2020 at 6:49 pm

Savannah Morning News article from January 13th, 2020 about the uncertain future of the Eastside Theater and changes over the decades to the surrounding neighborhood. Includes photos of the theater and old newspaper ads, and an interactive map of locations of other Savannah cinemas:

“Former Eastside Theater Faces Uncertain Future, Possible Disappearance”

And another from January 11th about the theater’s history, what it meant to the community, and moviegoing in Savannah in those days:

Savannah’s Last Standing Blacks-Only Theater Remembered as Refuge, Community Space"

The Eastside Theater is also listed in the book “African-American Theater Buildings: An Illustrated Historical Directory, 1900-1955” by Eric Ledell Smith.

dallasmovietheaters on January 7, 2023 at 1:16 pm

The $100,000 venue opened August 14, 1946 with Toddy Pictures Company comedy Pigmeat “Alamo” Markham and John “Rastus” Murray “Fight That Ghost.“ The new build structure originally held 675 seats as designed by Oscar M. Hansen.

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