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Author: Don Rhodes

50th Anniversary of the Greater Augusta Arts Council

Greater Augusta Arts Council weathers rainy days to observe 50 years as an umbrella group   It was just a small notice of two paragraphs published on Page 10A in The Augusta Chronicle on Sunday, August 27, 1967, and yet it would have a major effect on the Augusta area’s individual artists and arts-related organizations. “Junior League of Augusta will hold an open meeting at 11 a.m., Sept. 12, at St. Paul’s Church parish hall. Jesse C. Reese Jr., executive director of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, N.C., will be guest speaker. “The public is invited to hear him lecture on...

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Remembering the Rialto

Photo courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle The same day that The Augusta Chronicle announced on its front page that Hollywood movie actress Grace Kelly was engaged to a prince in Monaco, “Our Town” columnist Chris Brady announced inches away on Page 1 that the Rialto was closing after more than 60 years as a movie theater. “The Rialto Theater, one of the city’s oldest movies houses, is going out of business,” Brady wrote in his column published Friday morning, January 6, 1956.  “Lack of customers.  Milton Newsom, city manager of the Imperial and Rialto, said the theater would close...

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