Lucas Theatre is turning 95! To celebrate this milestone, the Theatre is hosting an Anniversary Celebration on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm. This will be a FREE event for the Savannah community which will feature local vendors, kid’s activities, and raffles throughout the evening.
We are excited to partner with the Savannah Food Truck Festival to bring an array of different cuisines to the public. Starting at 7pm we will be screening the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, in an homage to the first showing after the Lucas’ reopening.We are also proud to be working with Kendra Scott Savannah, who will help you get ready for the movie with a Give Back Party from 4pm to 7pm with 20% of the proceeds going to the Lucas’ Historic Preservation Fund.
The Lucas would like to throw this party as a big Thank You to Savannah for keeping us running this long! Arthur Lucas built The Lucas Theatre of the Arts in 1921. The theatre served as a favorite venue for films, traveling vaudeville acts, and big band performances for several decades. As with many theatres of its day, the Lucas saw a decline in ticket sales as television gained popularity and the suburbs drew people away from the downtown area, ultimately closing its doors in 1976. Ten years later a motivated group of Savannah citizens made the decision to save the Lucas from being demolished. They pooled their resources, purchased the building, and began a restoration that would eventually span nearly 14 years to create the non-profit organization the Lucas is today. In December 2000, the Lucas reopened, screening Gone with the Wind to announce its return. The Lucas now serves the people of Savannah as a venue that allows for a wide range of community uses in addition to top-notch local, national, and international entertainment. Thanks to the people of Savannah, the Lucas has been a prominent feature of the historic downtown area for 95 years.