The Tybee Post Theater is definitely a local treasure. If you don’t know about it, let us give you a little background history!
|an old post card of the theater|
The theater was built in 1930 on Historic Fort Screven by the U.S. Army, and was in use until 1945. It is said to be one of the first theaters in Georgia to show sound pictures, called Talkies. The fort was decommissioned and in 1947, the City of Tybee acquired the property. Private owners continued operation as a movie theater (then known as The Beach Theater) up until the mid 1960s, when it was finally closed for good.
|photo from TybeeIsland.com|
Well thankfully, in 2001, the Tybee Island Historical Society purchased the building, saving it from demolition. The non-profit group Friends of the Tybee Theater acquired the theater in 2006. The restorations began quickly after that in 2007!
The goal of the group is to create a place for the Tybee community that hosts all sorts of events. Banquets, movies, plays…you name it! The Arts are always an important part of a community’s well being. And, of course, that’s usually good for the local economy too!
This October, Tybee Stars FUN-raisers begin all around the island in support of the continued restoration and completion of the Post Theater. These events will run through January and are sure to be loads of fun! Join the community for the first FUN-raiser October 3rd at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill…you won’t want to miss a minute of this one! Put on your best costume and participate in the Miley and Mullets Contest! If any one has ever mistaken you for Miley or Billy Ray Cyrus, this is the contest for you! The proceeds go to benefit the efforts to restore the historic Post Theater and give the Tybee community the gift of the Arts for years to come. It is fun for a great cause and we can’t wait to see you there!