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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.

HISTORY:
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)

KEEP UP WITH LATEST GA THEATRE NEWS:
The Georgia Theatre's website has current coverage plus links to follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: WAX ON WEDNESDAYS Music Series

    From: June 10, 2015 - August 26, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Grab some friends and spend your Wednesday nights at the Georgia Theatre Rooftop bar. You will be joined by your favorite local dj’s spinning v... View Details

Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit

    From: August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015
  With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving... View Details

Relix Presents Aquarium Rescue Unit

    From: August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvis... View Details

Back to School Bash with The Funk Brotherhood & Dank

    From: August 13, 2015 - August 13, 2015
  Want to bring the classic sounds of Funk and Disco to your next event? The Funk Brotherhood has got you covered. The Funk Brotherhood is ... View Details

Eli Young Band

    From: August 14, 2015 - August 14, 2015
  106.1 WNGC Welcomes Eli Young Band. Somewhere in the midst of 10,000 towns, along a lonely highway between packing clubs in their native ... View Details

Terrapin presents: Hi-5 Fest

    From: August 15, 2015 - August 15, 2015
Come out to the Georgia Theatre to celebrate local music and local beer! Enjoy several of local artists and Terrapin's famous Hi-5 beer. Artists incl... View Details

Hard Working Americans

    From: August 20, 2015 - August 20, 2015
  Hard Working Americans features Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock. Hard Working Americans i... View Details

Moon Taxi- Special 2-Day Event!

    From: August 21, 2015 - August 22, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the wor... View Details

Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters

    From: August 25, 2015 - August 25, 2015
Teddy Andreadis, J.D. Andrew, Brad Davis and Billy Bob “Bud” Thornton make up “The Boxmasters”; an American roots-rock band o... View Details

The Railers with Corey Smith

    From: August 27, 2015 - August 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  Come see a UGA student that has made a name for himself in the Country/Americana genre! The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his f... View Details

The Dirty Guv'nahs - The Farewell Tour

    From: August 29, 2015 - August 29, 2015
  After nearly a decade of performing music for Athens and the surrounding areas and selling out shows, the Dirty Guv'nahs are saying farewell... View Details

An Evening with the Watkins Family Hour

    From: September 15, 2015 - September 15, 2015
An evening with the Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, ... View Details

Father John Misty

    From: September 30, 2015 - September 30, 2015
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details

Young The Giant with Wilding

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details