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

Lost Horizon (Film)
Mon
27
Sep

Lost Horizon (Film)

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Event
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Monday at the Movies
2:00 pm
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Wayne on Main: Blue Ridge Thunder
Wed
29
Sep

Wayne on Main: Blue Ridge Thunder

Summer Concert Series
Concert
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6:00 pm
521 W. Main Street (Outdoors)
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Sept. 30)
Thu
30
Sep

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Sept. 30)

Wayne at Wintergreen
Wayne at Wintergreen
:
7:30 pm
Wintergreen Resort
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Wintergreen Resort
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Mutts Gone Nuts
Fri
1
Oct

Mutts Gone Nuts

Comedy Experience!
Event
:
7:00 pm
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 1)
Fri
1
Oct

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 1)

Wayne at Wintergreen
Wayne at Wintergreen
:
7:30 pm
Wintergreen Resort
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 2 Matinee)
Sat
2
Oct

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 2 Matinee)

Wayne at Wintergreen
Wayne at Wintergreen
:
2:00 pm
Wintergreen Resort
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 2 Evening)
Sat
2
Oct

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 2 Evening)

Wayne at Wintergreen
Wayne at Wintergreen
:
7:30 pm
Wintergreen Resort
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Daddy Long Legs Digital Download
Sun
3
Oct

Daddy Long Legs Digital Download

Digital Download (now 'til 10/3/21)
Digital
:
12:00 am
Digital Download
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 3 Matinee)
Sun
3
Oct

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wintergreen Resort (Oct. 3 Matinee)

Wayne at Wintergreen
Wayne at Wintergreen
:
2:00 pm
Wintergreen Resort
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Wintergreen Resort
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Victor Victoria (Film)
Mon
4
Oct

Victor Victoria (Film)

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Event
:
Monday at the Movies
2:00 pm
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Scott Miller
Fri
8
Oct

Scott Miller

Returning to the Wayne Stage!
Concert
:
7:30 pm
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Studio Wayne: Prop Making: Disney 101 Dalmatians KIDS and Shrek The Musical, JR Edition
Sat
9
Oct

Studio Wayne: Prop Making: Disney 101 Dalmatians KIDS and Shrek The Musical, JR Edition

Education
:
9:30 am
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