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Georgia Theatre

  • 215 N. Lumpkin St.|
  • Athens GA 30601
  • 706-549-9918
  • Region: Downtown

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)

IN THE NEWS:

  • One of Georgia's "Best Music History Sites," AAA Living, September/October 2018

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Facility Info
  • Largest Room
  • Theatre Capacity 800
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    CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON

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    JACOB BRYANT

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    WHISKEY MYERS

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    WHISKEY MYERS

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    YACHT ROCK REVUE

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    THE MIDNIGHT

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    NORDISTA FREEZE & WANDERWILD

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    PARKER MCCOLLUM

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    BRENT COBB AND THEM

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    WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE

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    HIGH WAISTED

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    MAGIC CITY HIPPIES

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    FUTUREBIRDS

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    ZOSO (TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN)

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    CAAMP - BY AND BY TOUR

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    MANIC FOCUS - LOST IN A DIGITAL WORLD TOUR

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    RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019

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    RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019

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    THE KOOKS

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    THE BAND CAMINO – NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019

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    UMPHREY'S MCGEE

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    UMPHREY'S MCGEE

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    UMPHREY'S MCGEE

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    LANCO

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    MITCHELL TENPENNY - ANYTHING SHE SAYS TOUR

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    HIPPO CAMPUS

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    PERPETUAL GROOVE

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    THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

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    JIMMY HERRING AND THE 5 OF 7

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    RANDY HOUSER

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    MASON RAMSEY

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