AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Miller Theater renovations are underway, and Friday night, Augusta residents got the chance to see the new designs for the building, and to help bring this part of history back to life.
The renovation plans started back in 2008, and the $17 million project is nearing the final phases of re-construction. Project managers and Augusta residents are just glad to see a piece of Augusta's history open for business again.
"In the 70's I used to walk these streets on a Saturday and I would stop at the Miller Theater, and I would go and watch movies," said Augusta resident Felicia Westbrook.
"I've never had the opportunity to actually go inside of the Miller Theater, or see the glorious art deco design," said Monet Robinson, an Augusta native.
Whether you remember the old marque, or are only used to seeing the "Coming Soon" sign on display, all Augusta residents will soon get to see the new and improved Miller Theater.
"There's nothing quite like bringing back something that has already existed," said Ansley Easterlin, the Development Director for the Miller Theater Campaign.
The transformation and expansion of the theater has taken close to 10 years, but for Augusta residents, this project is about more than just restoring an old building.
"The arts in Augusta are just growing and growing, and with that does come a lot of corporate development and more job opportunities," Easterlin said.
"We have a great culture here, and I do think it would only add to what's already here and what's already going on downtown," said Robinson.
Thanks to SPLOST money and donations from the public, the Augusta community has stepped up to help bring an Augusta icon back to life.
"It's a piece of history that's down, and I look forward to 2017 when they re-open it," said Westbrook."
"It just represents the revival that's going on," Robinson said. "It represents our respect for this area ,and that we love it. We want to invest in downtown because we care, and we believe in the future of downtown Augusta."
The Miller Theater is set to re-open at the end of 2017, and everyone is anxious to see the final renovations. To help donate to the Miller Theater Campaign, click here for more information.