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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.

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

Foundry Entertainment presents Corey Smith

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
Corey Smith helped define the downtown Athens experience for not just locals, but for fans across the world. The words ‘Clayton Street’ h... View Details

UGA HEROs presents Andrew Ripp and Sam Burchfield

    From: November 18, 2014 - November 18, 2014
UGA HEROs - a student organization founded at UGA in 2003 dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children in Georgia affected by HIV/AIDS - i... 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

Cosmic Charlie presents: Dark Side of the Dead

    From: November 22, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Cosmic Charlie, well known for their high energy, double drummer take on the Grateful Dead, will be charting new territory tonight. In addition to th... View Details

Big Smo

    From: November 29, 2014 - November 29, 2014
Word of mouth, charged by the Internet, meant Smo could count his YouTube views in the millions before he talked to a record label. Low-budget videos... View Details

Centro-Matic "Farewell Tour" with Dead Confederate & Thayer Sarrano

    From: December 05, 2014 - December 05, 2014
The work’s the thing, the joy, the end in itself. Triumphant, defiant, sprawling, content but never complacent—Centro-matic’s lates... View Details

Bloodkin and Friends

    From: December 12, 2014 - December 12, 2014
Bloodkin and Friends in Conjunction with the 5th annual Celebrate Wayne/Conquer SADS Memorial  Bloodkin’s 25-year history has been a rol... View Details

The Revivalist, Aj Ghent, and Larkin Poe

    From: December 31, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have earned their standing among the best original bands in New Orleans. The group's combination of danceable ... View Details

Shooter Jennings with Waymore's Outlaws

    From: February 06, 2015 - February 06, 2015
The only son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus. Born Waylon Albright ... View Details