Renovations to the Tybee Post Theater are nearing completion.
It has been a long road for the movie theater which was originally part of Fort Screven. At one time the facility was close to demolition, but the community saved this relic and now they are eager to enjoy it.
Someone could be tearing tickets here inside the decades old box office as soon as Labor Day. The opening of the Tybee Post Theater is much anticipated.
“Well, we are finally getting it done, it has been a 15 year effort by a lot of dedicated folks to get this wonderful old building restored and reopened,” said Tybee Post Theater Executive Director Melissa Turner.
Many Tybee residents remember this as an old building, a shell of a structure where local skate boarders showed off their tricks. Abandoned since the 1960s, the Fort Screven 1930s movie theater needed some love.
“And so we are going to open 50 years after it went dark, with maybe a great classic movie like Casablanca,” said Turner.
Movie magic in the most authentic of settings. Every last detail is being put together the old fashioned way.
“We are going to bring the seats in, we have a wonderful collection of old seats from the historic Trustees Theater in Savannah,” Turner said. “They are sitting in a warehouse refurbished repainted and ready to go.”
Lights, a sound system and paint is next. Seeing it all come together is a dream come true for all those involved, a dream come true for Tybee Island.
“This facility will really enhance the quality of life of our residents,” said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman. “We will be able to bring our kids and our families here for movies, plays, and concerts.”
More than movies, performing arts in all its beauty, doing what it was designed to do, bring people together.
“We are going to reach out to Savannah theater groups, we are going to say we have a stage we would love for you to come out and stage one or two of your events on Tybee,” Turned said.