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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.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: WAX ON WEDNESDAYS Music Series

    From: June 10, 2015 - August 26, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Grab some friends and spend your Wednesday nights at the Georgia Theatre Rooftop bar. You will be joined by your favorite local dj’s spinning v... View Details

Between the Buried and Me featuring Animals and Leaders and The Contortionist

    From: July 07, 2015 - July 07, 2015
The men of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have once again charted an expedition into undiscovered country. Colors, BTBAM's fifth and newest release, is a ... View Details

Hunter Callahan featuring Michael Lesousky

    From: July 07, 2015 - July 07, 2015
With twelve amazing new songs, all of which could be hit singles, Hunter Callahan is well on his way to making his mark in the music business. Gifted... View Details

Relix Presents Aquarium Rescue Unit

    From: August 08, 2015 - August 08, 2015
With the daring, iconoclastic Hampton at the helm, the Aquarium Rescue Unit played a seminal role in fostering today’s vital, thriving improvis... View Details

An Evening with the Watkins Family Hour

    From: September 15, 2015 - September 15, 2015
An evening with the Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, ... View Details

Father John Misty

    From: September 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details

Young The Giant with Wilding

    From: October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Father John Misty is an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman i... View Details