Wayne Theatre History

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Wayne Theatre History

On January 18, 1926, Cols. Carl Loth and James Patterson opened the doors on Waynesboro’s first vaudeville/silent movie theatre. Its neo-classical façade, fashionable interior, and mighty organ were the wonders of the day.

Seeking to take advantage of the post-war boom, the management gutted and expanded the original auditorium in 1949, effectively doubling the seating. Along with a new concession/lounge area and bathrooms the Wayne continued as the entertainment center for the community. In 1980, a fire began in the concession area and travelled upward into the balcony.

The conflagration allowed the owners to remodel the auditorium and divide it into two theatres. Twenty years later the management decided to withdraw from the Waynesboro entertainment market and turned the Wayne Theatre over to the city.

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In 2000, Waynesboro City Council created the Wayne Theatre Alliance and empowered the group to oversee the revitalization of the historic Wayne Theatre and with it downtown Waynesboro.

In a few short months, the Wayne Theatre Alliance incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit and began the journey of making the Wayne not just a movie house, but a center for entertainment and conferences.

The mission of the Wayne Theatre Alliance is to enhance the artistic, cultural, educational and economic life of Waynesboro and the surrounding area through the operation of the Wayne Theatre, production of cultural events and partnerships with local, regional and state organizations.

From August 2011 to June 2014, the Wayne Theatre Alliance operated a temporary performance venue, WTA’s Gateway.  With funding well underway, the focus has returned to the restoration of the Wayne Theatre with an opening date of spring 2016.

Upcoming Events

Malpass Brothers
Sat
11
Feb

Malpass Brothers

Concert
Concert
:
7:30 pm
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Science Talk: The Watershed from a Microbiologist's Perspective
Tue
14
Feb

Science Talk: The Watershed from a Microbiologist's Perspective

Speaker: Howard Kator
Speaker
:
7:00 pm
Wayne Theatre
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The Importance of Being Earnest
Fri
17
Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest

2/17-2/19; 2/24-2/26
Performance
:
7:00 pm
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Remember The Titans (Film)
Mon
20
Feb

Remember The Titans (Film)

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Movie
:
2:00 pm
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Seamus Egan Project
Thu
23
Feb

Seamus Egan Project

Concert
:
7:00 pm
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The Importance of Being Earnest (Livestream)
Sat
25
Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest (Livestream)

Livestream
Performance
:
7:00 pm
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The Importance of Being Earnest (Livestream) - Feb 25
Sat
25
Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest (Livestream) - Feb 25

Livestream
Performance
:
7:00 pm
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Auditions: Little Shop of Horrors
Sun
26
Feb

Auditions: Little Shop of Horrors

Auditions
Performance
:
7:00 pm
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To Sir With Love (Film)
Mon
27
Feb

To Sir With Love (Film)

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Movie
:
2:00 pm
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Meet The Artists Reception - Interwoven Journeys
Mon
27
Feb

Meet The Artists Reception - Interwoven Journeys

Public Reception
Event
:
5:00 pm
Exhibit Art Gallery at The Wayne Theatre
Presented by
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The Fisher King (Film)
Mon
6
Mar

The Fisher King (Film)

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Movie
:
2:00 pm
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Fairytales on Ice
Thu
9
Mar

Fairytales on Ice

Performance
:
7:00 pm
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