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Movie Theatres of St. George, SC

Lourie Theater
206 Parler Avenue


Photograph taken June 25, 2003

The Lourie Theatre was builtin 1929.

In an article in Charleston's The Post and Courier dated August 20, 1997, Mr. Holcomb Blume recalls running the projector at the Lourie Theatre for twenty-five years. He said, "Channel 5 television opened up in Charleston, and that killed the Lourie Theatre."

But, the Lourie Theatre is doing well. A $20,000 state Parks, Recreation and Tourism grant awarded throught the Heritage Corridor Foundation in 2000, was designated for building a larger stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, restrooms and adding more seats. This allowed the old silent movie house to put on full stage productions.

The theatre was nearly lost to a major fire in September, 2005. The fire destroyed three century-old buildings before 100 firefighters from four counties brought it under control.


The fire that engulfed three historic buildings spared the Lourie Theatre. The theatre
can be seen at the far right directly behind the firefighter in the street.

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