Your recent article (“Augusta Colonial Theater throws open its doors,” July 26) about the volunteer effort to restore Augusta’s Colonial Theater also brought back memories for me, an Augusta native.

I spent many, many afternoons watching the movies we as kids enjoyed at the Colonial.

As a point of reference, the Augusta volunteers might want to access the website for the Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand, Fla. A 1920s-era vaudeville house that had fallen to changing times, today the Athens Theatre is a magnificently restored thriving playhouse, theater and cultural center.

With determination, hard work and political pressure, the champions of the Athens Theatre were able to raise funds and receive multiple state and local grants to restore this historic gem in our city. Many of DeLand’s longtime residents have the same fond memories of their old theater as Augusta residents have of the Colonial.

Good luck to the Colonial volunteers, theirs is a worthy cause.

Dave Byron

DeLand, Fla.

Cony High, class of 1967

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