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Georgia Theatre

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.

Broken Bells with Hamilton Leithauser

    From: October 01, 2014 - October 01, 2014
Broken Bells, the musical partnership comprised of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, are proud to announce the release of their sophomore... View Details


    From: October 02, 2014 - October 02, 2014
Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his significant powers. His 2010 album ‘Black Sands' was the high watermark of h... View Details

Shovels & Rope and John Fullbright

    From: October 10, 2014 - October 10, 2014
It's not all that unusual for musicians to talk the talk about taking a less-is-more approach to their work - but it's rare indeed for artists to rea... View Details


    From: October 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Merrill Garbus has performed as tUnE-yArDs since 2009, and that band name has always been synonymous with forward movement-whether because of her exp... View Details

MarchFourth Marching Band

    From: October 22, 2014 - October 22, 2014
MarchFourth Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, propelled by electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble and brassy horn section. Visual... View Details

Yonder Mountain String Band with The Larry Keel Experience

    From: October 25, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Bluegrass is a music steeped in tradition, but over the past decade and a half -- much of it spent on the road -- Yonder Mountain String Band has spe... View Details

AC Ent. and Georgia Theatre Presents City and Colour City and Colour

    From: October 28, 2014 - October 28, 2014
So says Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour. He's not really talking about confessionals (though that might happen, too) but truthfully ... View Details

The Devil Makes Three and The Cave Singers

    From: October 29, 2014 - October 29, 2014
"There's a road that goes out of every town. All you've got to do is get on it," Pete Bernhard says. The guitarist/singer and his cohorts... View Details

Reigning Sound with Natural Child

    From: November 03, 2014 - November 03, 2014
Reigning Sound's principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who's been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar w... View Details

Ghostland Observatory’s Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll with Ranch Ghost

    From: November 07, 2014 - November 07, 2014
Aaron Behrens is the lead singer of Ghostland Observatory. Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll is his current form of musical expression. All of hi... View Details

O.A.R. with Andy Grammer

    From: November 08, 2014 - November 08, 2014
Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated "you can't go home again," but don't tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eight... View Details

Papadosio with Ghost Owl

    From: November 20, 2014 - November 20, 2014
The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk... View Details

Randy Rogers Band

    From: November 21, 2014 - November 21, 2014
When the Randy Rogers Band's last project debuted as the most-downloaded country album on iTunes, plenty of the industry "insiders" on Musi... View Details