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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.

Rebelution with Katchafire

    From: January 28, 2015 - January 28, 2015
This is an all ages event. The seeds of Rebelution germinated in Santa Barbara’s college town of Isla Vista in 2004. A student named Marley D. ... View Details

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

    From: January 29, 2015 - January 29, 2015
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul &... View Details

Yacht Rock Revue at The Foundry

    From: January 30, 2015 - January 30, 2015
Brick by smooth, smooth brick, Yacht Rock Revue has built a great wall of rock between themselves and every other tribute band in the country. Their ... View Details

Paper Diamond opened by Torro Torro and Nadastrom

    From: January 31, 2015 - January 31, 2015
Paper Diamond, is a one of a kind artist who brings his own unique music to the table, a sound unparalleled to anything else around today. The Paper ... View Details

Flyleaf

    From: February 02, 2015 - February 02, 2015
Music comes to life when it must. It lies dormant and then blossoms in its creator at just the right moment. For Flyleaf, that was definitely the cas... View Details

The Werks with Universal Sigh

    From: February 05, 2015 - February 05, 2015
The Werks have quickly emerged as a national powerhouse. As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that ca... 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

BoomBox

    From: February 07, 2015 - February 07, 2015
BoomBox, the electronic duo compromised of versatile producers, DJs, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalists Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux, rec... View Details

American Aquarium

    From: February 11, 2015 - February 11, 2015
Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a ge... View Details

Moon Taxi with Wick-it the Instigator

    From: February 12, 2015 - February 13, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the world and th... View Details

Kap Slap

    From: February 14, 2015 - February 14, 2015
Jared Lucas is a 24 year old DJ/Producer based outside of New York City. Initially recognized for his signature EDM/top 40 bootlegs that tailor to the... View Details

Young the Giant

    From: February 19, 2015 - February 19, 2015
With the breakout success of their self-titled 2010 debut album and widespread acclaim for their exhilarating live shows, Young The Giant has quickly... View Details

Justin Townes Earl with Gill Landry

    From: February 21, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and profes... View Details

Ryan Bingham with by Lucero and Twin Forks

    From: February 24, 2015 - February 24, 2015
Ryan Bingham needed some peace and quiet. Free of the burdens that had saddled him during the writing and recording of his recent albums, he relocate... View Details

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

    From: February 27, 2015 - February 27, 2015
This is an all ages event. Medicine is by far the best music we have ever made. When I played it for a respected friend, I asked, “What do you ... View Details

Jason Boland and Cody Canada

    From: March 03, 2015 - March 03, 2015
It’s admirable when a musician gets back to his roots, there’s no questioning that. But in a lot of ways, it’s even more admirable w... View Details

Big K.R.I.T.

    From: March 04, 2015 - March 04, 2015
Whoever said "Hip Hop is Dead" obliviously hasn't heard the spoken words of the 22 year old fresh out of Mississippi's womb, a constant move... View Details

Consider the Source & TAUK

    From: March 05, 2015 - March 05, 2015
NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, buil... View Details

Gogol Bordello

    From: March 07, 2015 - March 07, 2015
“I’ve come full circle and I’m comfortable being a total outsider,” says Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, explaining the ph... View Details

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)

    From: March 19, 2015 - March 21, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
STSD is excited to come back to where it all started, the one and only Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA for three nights on March 19th, 20th and 21st, 2... View Details

Tribal Seeds

    From: March 25, 2015 - March 25, 2015
From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have inf... View Details

The War on Drugs

    From: April 02, 2015 - April 02, 2015
The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-based project of Adam Granduciel, is set to release their third full-length album, the beautifully sweeping Lost In... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Stars

    From: April 08, 2015 - April 08, 2015
A portion of proceeds will benefit the non profit organization Plus 1. www.plus1.org Like their celestial namesake, Stars only come out at night. It&r... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Doug Benson

    From: April 09, 2015 - April 09, 2015
Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” "Super High Me") has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008 (his most recent release be... View Details

Georgia Theatre Performances: Peter Hook & The Light

    From: April 21, 2015 - April 21, 2015
Peter Hook & The Light - A “Joy Division” Celebration performing Unknown Pleasures and Closer Peter Hook & The Light A “Joy ... View Details