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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)

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The Georgia Theatre's website has current coverage plus links to follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

The Zombies

    From: April 17, 2014 - April 17, 2014
  The second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies... View Details

Seven Handle Circus

    From: April 22, 2014 - April 22, 2014
Formed in 2010, Seven Handle Circus is a six-piece Atlanta band that has been critically acclaimed as “rowdy bluegrass” with the “d... View Details

The Dirty Guv'nahs

    From: April 26, 2014 - April 26, 2014
  The swell of grassroots momentum for this 6-piece rock n’ roll collective from Knoxville, TN is undeniable. “The Guvs” hav... View Details

Loop

    From: May 01, 2014 - May 01, 2014
  Come to The Georgia Theatre to hear Loop. Loop manages to hypnotize all with their discordant trance-like spell. They are loosely influenced... View Details