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Georgia Theatre

  • 215 N. Lumpkin St.|
  • Athens GA 30606
  • 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)

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    Dinosaur Jr.

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 3/24/17
    • Dinosaur Jr.'s initial run in the 1980s only yielded three albums, but the band,…
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    Local Natives

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 3/25/17
    • In 2010, Local Natives galvanised a musical scene in Southern California,…
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    JOHNNYSWIM

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 3/30/17
    • Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez make up JOHNNYSWIM. They've performed on…
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    Minnesota

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 3/31/17
    • Minnesota is one of the most innovative and proficient electronic producers to…
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    Rod Melancon

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/10/17
    • The Louisiana singer-songwriter Rod Melancon's debut album, My Family Name,…
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    Explosions in the Sky - 2 DAY PASS

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • Explosions In The Sky's sixth album The Wilderness explores the infinite…
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    ABBEY ROAD LIVE! PRESENTS: PERFORMING “SGT PEPPER” WITH HORNS, STRINGS AND SITAR

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/15/17
    • Come out to see Abbey Road Live Presents: Sgt. Pepper; The 50th Anniversary.…
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    Amorphis

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/20/17
    • Founded in Helsinki in 1990, Amorphis have always fused elements of traditional…
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    Turnpike Troubadours

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/21/17
    • The Turnpike Troubadours have been turning heads and perking ears for years with…
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    Surfer Blood

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/26/17
    • SURFER BLOOD’s fourth album, Snowdonia, is a return to their DIY recording…
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    Chase Rice in Concert!

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/27/17
    • Come out to see Chase Rice in concert presented by 106.1 and 107.1 Your Georgia…
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    Sister Hazel

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 4/28/17
    • For more than 20 years, these five friends have built the kind of musical…
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    Gregg Allman

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 6/13/17 - 6/14/17
    • Come out to see Gregg Allman at the Georgia Theatre!
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