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Georgia Theatre

  • 215 N. Lumpkin St.|
  • Athens GA 30606
  • 706-549-9918
  • Region: Downtown

After a devastating fire in 2009, The Georgia Theatre was rebuilt and reopened in August 2011, reclaiming its place as a keystone of the Athens music scene.

The Georgia Theater is part of the Downtown Athens National Register Historic District and also the Downtown Local Historic District, which was designated in 2006. It was built as the Elite Theater in 1935 on the "foundation" of the original YMCA which had been constructed on that site in 1889. The upper part of that YMCA building was demolished in 1920 and it then served over the years as the Majestic Hotel, Masonic Temple, Dorsey Furniture Company, and Burnstein Brothers Furniture Company until the Elite Theater was built. It is unclear how much of the original YMCA building was incorporated into the Elite Theater.

As a live music venue, The Georgia Theatre has been the site of

  • Live performances from a long list of acclaimed bands
  • Music videos such as R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" (1992) and John Mayer's "No Such Thing" (2002)
  • Live album recordings from Corey Smith (2008) and the Derek Trucks Band (2004)

The Georgia Theatre's website has current coverage plus links to follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

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    Moon taxi, The Norm, Maradeen at the Georgia Theatre

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 8/24/16
    • MOON TAXI - (SET TIME: 10:30 PM) The members of Moon Taxi are no strangers to…
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    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 8/25/16
    • Come out and hear the wildly popular progressive country music artist!
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    The Whigs, Music Band, Chief Scout

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 8/27/16
    • For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs…
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    Whitey Morgan & Cody Jinks at Georgia Theatre

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 9/9/16
    • No matter the tragedies at the center of the songs, in most cases those…
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    The Georgia Theatre Presents... Mitski

    • Location: 40 Watt Club
    • 11/10/16
    • Mitski warmly recalls a quote from sculptor El Anatsui, “Art grows out of each…
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