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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.

J.J. Grey & Mofro

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X

    From: September 08, 2015 - September 08, 2015
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Purity Ring: Another Eternity Tour

    From: September 14, 2015 - September 14, 2015
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An Evening with the Watkins Family Hour

    From: September 15, 2015 - September 15, 2015
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Diarrhea Planet

    From: September 16, 2015 - September 16, 2015
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    From: September 18, 2015 - September 18, 2015
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    From: September 25, 2015 - September 25, 2015
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Father John Misty

    From: September 30, 2015 - September 30, 2015
  After performing under his real name during his solo career and drumming for Fleet Foxes for five years, Josh Tillman has reached new height... View Details

Father John Misty

    From: September 30, 2015 - September 30, 2015
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The Revivalists

    From: October 15, 2015 - October 15, 2015
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The Polyphonic Spree

    From: October 23, 2015 - October 23, 2015
  The band will be celebrating its 15th year by performing “The Beginning Stages of...” in its entirety as well as some deep cuts,... View Details

Young the Giant

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 30, 2015
  With the breakout success of their self-titled 2010 debut album and widespread acclaim for their exhilarating live shows, Young The Giant ha... View Details

Young The Giant with Wilding

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
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