Georgia Theatre

215 N. Lumpkin Street,
Athens, GA 30601

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The Georgia Theatre

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The Georgia Theatre opened around 1940. It was still operating as a movie theatre in 1950.

In the early-1980’s it was known as the Carafe and Draft movie theater, with movies and occasional live music. After the Carafe and Draft movie theater closed, the theater sat empty for a few years. Around November of 1989 the Georgia Theatre re-opened as a live music venue.

Sadly, the Georgia Theatre was gutted by a fire on 19th June 2009. Work began almost immediately to rebuild the theatre within the existing original walls. It was reopened in August 2011.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 6:20 am

IN TODAY’S Augusta Chroncile,June 19 2010 there is artice about the work being done on the Georgia theatre in Athens.I am sure you can read it on line.wwwaugustachroncile.com

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Nice looking theatre.

karatattoo
karatattoo on August 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

Here is an article in today’s Athens Banner-Herald:

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Yes,Sharples.this was on the AP,the Augusta Chroncile picked up the story and I saw it with a picture the Marquee in color.Thanks for getting this on.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

In Augusta’s METRO SPIRIT there is a nice story on the progress of the GEORGIA,With Color pictures.Volume22 August 4 2011.Weekly. themetrospirit.com

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

In Augusta’s METRO SPIRIT there is a nice story on the progress of the GEORGIA,With Color pictures.Volume22 August 4 2011.Weekly. themetrospirit.com

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Status should be changed to OPEN. Here’s an article on the restored theater:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/16/georgia.theatre.reopens/index.html?&hpt=hp_c2

JACKTHOMPSON
JACKTHOMPSON on April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

memories of watching KING KONG on Christmas night about 1953 and later seeing Z, which i liked so much that i watched last 2 hours even though one contact lense popped out.I later took my religious aunt to see JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. I asked her how she liked it and she replied “unusual intrepretation”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

nice comment Jack.Thank Goodness it was saved,Wish the Palace would have made it.

mpceccato
mpceccato on December 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

In the 90s, this was the closest Athens came to a cinema and drafthouse. I saw a Looney Tunes festival, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and “I Shot Andy Warhol” here. That mainly happened on Mondays-Wednesdays, and mostly during the summer.

Among the concerts I saw here were Mojo Nixon and They Might Be Giants.

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