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Opened in 1921, closed for 40 years... then a total renovation in 1999.


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Sumter Players

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Moller Organ

The 1928 restored Moller theater pipe organ. It is one of only two theater pipe organs in Georgia theaters.

PreRestoreDesigned by C.K. Howell of New York with interior design by William Saling, also of New York, the Rylander was a visual feast of ornate plaster work, beautiful stencil patterns, and painted murals. Closed for more than 40 years, the theatre still has much of its original grandeur intact. Having reopened after an extensive restoration (4.8 million dollars), the Rylander Theatre is nothing less than stunning and is once again reclaiming its title as "The Finest Playhouse South of Atlanta."

PreRestoreInsideThe Jimmy Carter Auditorium at the Rylander Theatre.  The Theatre reopened October 1, 1999 in conjunction with the Celebration of Pres. Carter's birthday and the Auditorium was named in his honor.

FromStage1A view of the restored auditorium looking from the stage.  The Theatre seats over 600 on three levels: Orchestra, Balcony, and Gallery. The theatre was painstakingly restored to reflect its original Art Deco aesthetic.