The Savannah Historic Theatre was built in 1818 and is the oldest continually-operating theatre in the USA. After a fire in 1948 it was remodeled in Art Deco style. Located at Savannah, Georgia, the theatre presents live performances using state-of-the-art sound and light system. The theater's lobby showcases a historical exhibit of newspaper clippings, photographs and theater artifacts and its repertoire includes shows such as "Broadway on Bull Street," "Gospel Jubilee" and "Country Star Review."
The Savannah Theatre opened its doors for the first time on December 4th, 1818 with a production of the comedy "Soldiers Daughter" and the farce "Raising the Wind." The original structure was designed by renowned architect William Jay, whose other celebrated works includes the Telfair Mansion, built for Alexander Telfair in 1819. The theatre often changed hands in its first 20 years, but a more stable stock company was organized in 1838 and the theatre was incorporated in December of that year, and issued this seal of incorporation.
Over the past two centuries the theatre has had several aesthetic changes, the major one came after the 1948 and the theatre was remodeled to its current Art Deco style. The theater was converted into a motion picture house during the mid-20th century, and remained as such until the late 1970's when it was sold to the Little Theatre of Savannah. Some of the illustrious lineup to perform at the Savannah Theater include Fanny Davenport, E.H. Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Otis Skinner, Henry Irving, Tyrone Power, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, and W.C. Fields. Joseph Jefferson, who played Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" in 1903, was once Savannah Theatre?s manager in the 1850's.
Today, the Savannah Theatre continues to enliven the city's nightlife by bringing the audience Broadway-Style musical productions. The theatre?s 2011 schedules feature a variety of music, spanning a wide spectrum of genres.