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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.

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

A Special Co-Bill with Gimme Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Tribute) and PIANO (A White Stripes and Black Key

    From: March 02, 2015 - March 02, 2015
Gimme Hendrix is an Athens, GA based tribute band to the greatest group of all time, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the ... 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

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

Diarrhea Planet

    From: March 06, 2015 - March 06, 2015
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage w... 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

Modest Mouse - Sold out!

    From: March 09, 2015 - March 09, 2015
Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington and over the last decade has become the indie rock standard and one of the few bands capable ... View Details

St. Patrick's Day Celebration w/ The Gentry

    From: March 17, 2015 - March 17, 2015
The best way to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day is with plenty of high spirits and authentic Celtic music - and there's both at the Georgia Theatre, ... 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

Lucinda Williams with Kenneth Brian Band

    From: March 23, 2015 - March 23, 2015
As a rule, you can divide music into three categories -- the kind that aims for the head, the kind that aims for the heart and the kind that aims for ... View Details

Sweetwater 420 Fest Official Pre-Party Stokeswood & Ghost Owl

    From: March 24, 2015 - March 24, 2015
Voted "Best Local Rock Act" by Atlanta's Creative Loafing in 2013 and 2014, Stokeswood is a marvel to watch, as they switch between instrum... 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

Slingshot Festival

    From: March 26, 2015 - March 28, 2015
The SLINGSHOT Festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights int... View Details

Slingshot Festival with Reptar

    From: March 27, 2015 - March 27, 2015
The SLINGSHOT Festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights int... View Details

Slingshot Festival with James Murphy DJ Set

    From: March 28, 2015 - March 28, 2015
The SLINGSHOT Festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights int... View Details

EOTO - ‘Outer Orbit’ Spring Tour 2015

    From: April 01, 2015 - April 01, 2015
Once again, the musical juggernauts, EOTO - a name synonymous with improvisation and live music true to its form - will embark on another journey as ... 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

Josh Ritter

    From: April 03, 2015 - April 03, 2015
A guileless, boy-next-door voice belies the depth and ambition of Josh Ritter’s songs, whether he is confessing a simple crush or following his... View Details

El-P and Killer Mike = Run the Jewels

    From: April 04, 2015 - April 04, 2015
El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subve... 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

Future Islands

    From: April 15, 2015 - April 15, 2015
Future Islands believe in true love, you can tell that because their songs speak through our lives. It's as if their music has always been with us, s... 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

Georgia Theatre Performances: Keb' Mo'

    From: May 02, 2015 - May 02, 2015
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22 release o... View Details

Keb' Mo'

    From: May 02, 2015 - May 02, 2015
  Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22... View Details