Special Alert

Georgia Theatre

  • 215 N. Lumpkin St.|
  • Athens GA 30606
  • 706-549-9918
  • Region: Downtown
Details
Events

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.

  • MAP IT

    THE FIRST US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 9/26/16
    • The Georgia Theatre invites you to come join us as we show the first of the…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    Kishi Bashi at the Georgia Theatre

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 9/27/16
    • The Georgia Theatre presents Kishi Bashi, with Twain. Kishi will be performing…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    The Struts

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 9/29/16
    • Before even releasing their first album, U.K.-bred four-piece The Struts opened…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    Ron Pope

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 10/18/16
    • Nashville-based, independent artist, Ron Pope, has stood at a crossroads where…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    Keller Williams Kwahtro Ft. Gibb Droll, Danton Boller and Rodney Holmes

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 10/22/16
    • Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

    • Location: Georgia Theatre
    • 10/29/16
    • Charles Bradley will be playing for the Wild Rumpus After Party Charles Bradley…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    The Georgia Theatre Presents... Mitski

    • Location: 40 Watt Club
    • 11/10/16
    • Mitski warmly recalls a quote from sculptor El Anatsui, “Art grows out of each…
    • Map It More
  • MAP IT

    RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

    • Location: 40 Watt Club
    • 11/17/16
    • Rainbow Kitten Surprise and all five of its members hail from the mountains of…
    • Map It More
  • Spotlight
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5