Savannah, GA 31401
Tours: Tours of the Lucas Theatre are available most days.
Free self-guided tours are available Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00a – 4:00p
Guided tours are $5 per person and available by walk-up if events allow.
Call (912) 525-5040 for Infomation.
Call (912) 525-5050 for Tickets.
The tours take approximately 20 minutes and include walking on the storied Lucas Theatre stage.
Please call Erin at (912) 525-5023 for more information regarding tours.
The Lucas Theatre opened in December 1921. The Lucas Theatre was built primarily as a movie palace, but the theater also incorporated a stage for road shows. For the next 40 years the Lucas Theatre became a favorite venue for talkies, musicals, traveling troupes, revues and theatricals.
The theater’s grand opening event was a screening of “Camille” on the largest screen at that time in Savannah. The Lucas quickly became a favorite venue for movies and touring vaudeville acts. It was the first building in Savannah to install air conditioning in 1923, making the balcony a welcome retreat during the sultry summers.
The Lucas Theatre closed in 1976 after a deserted screening of "The Exorcist." After the closing in 1976 the building was converted to a dinner theatre and a comedy club. But none of the ventures were successful, and the building was slated for demolition.
In 1986 the owners obtained a demolition permit and made arrangements to turn the once-thriving Lucas Theatre into a parking garage. A group of concerned citizens pooled their resources and bought the building and created the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Inc. They began a 14-year campaign and completed a $14 million restoration and the Lucas Theatre's grand reopening was in December 2000.
The Savannah College of Art and Design's support has made it possible for the Lucas Theatre to present top-line entertainment including opera from London and Italy, European orchestras, country stars, traveling repertory companies and film series. These events bring in an average of more than 1,000 people per week.
Two City of Savannah parking garages are located within one block of the theatre. There is also limited downtown street parking. Metered parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.