Georgia Theatre

215 N. Lumpkin Street,
Athens, GA 30601

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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.

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.

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”

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Nice looking theatre.

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

Broan
Broan on August 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Here are a few shots of the interior from last year: View link

Broan
Broan on August 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm

The Georgia Theatre’s website relaunched today and with it, posted historic photos. http://www.georgiatheatre.com/pics_old.html

Also, they have posted a rendering of the new interior: http://www.georgiatheatre.com/rebuilding.html

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

The LA Times has an article about the theater and the fire in today’s edition. You should be able to find it on www.latimes.com

Broan
Broan on August 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

The building was built in 1889, and opened in 1894 as the south’s first YMCA. It also contained 2 large retail spaces. It served that purpose until about 1915. Over the years the retail spaces functioned as a bank, offices, meat market, grocer, plumbing store, music store, department store, ice house, and morgue. In 1910, the Elite Theatre opened on the full ground floor, and the Majestic Hotel occupied the second and third. In 1926 the building was purchased by Masonic Temple Associated of Athens. In 1936 Publix subsidiary Lucas and Jenkins purchased the building and converted it into the Georgia Theatre, opening in September with a colored balcony. In the 1960s it also served as home to the Athens First United Methodist Church. In 1969 the Classic Theatre was built behind it. In October 1975 it showed its last film, “Brotherhood of Death”. It reopened as a dedicated music hall January 11, 1978 with the band Sea Level. It closed in 1980, then reopened March 11, 1981, closing again shortly thereafter. It next reopened April 9, 1982 as the Carafe & Draft, first under the Georgia Theatre Company and later under UA. In 1989 UA closed it and it reopened October 2, 1989 with seminal Athens band Pylon. The operations, incidentally, were headed by the people who ran the Uptown Lounge, itself housed in the former Paris Adult Theatre. In 2004 it was sold to Wilmot Greene and Randy Smith, who spnt the next 5 years on a renovation project that was just wrapping up when the fire hit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Here is a photo taken after the fire.

Ulver
Ulver on June 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

I hate to hear of the fire…

I saw the goth-metal band Type O Negative there in 1996 (IIRC). It was a great place for a show. I loved the building, even if it didn’t look like much from the outside.

Huge blow for Athens…

Broan
Broan on June 19, 2009 at 10:05 am

According to older articles about its history, the Georgia Theatre’s foundation dates to 1890, and was completed in 1894. It served as a YMCA until 1915, complete with an iron swimming pool in the basement. It then served uses from a morgue to a department store before being converted into a theatre in 1935. It began operating as a music venue starting in 1978. The B-52s personally sold all tickets for their first show there in order to get permission to play, due to the owner’s hesitance. A few years later, it began showing film again as the Carafe and Draft, and after 1984 it became exclusively a music venue, with performers such as Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wynton Marsalis, The Ramones, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band, some while they were still unknowns.

Broan
Broan on June 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

View link This is a rather good source, too

Broan
Broan on June 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

Search for “346 Club” and “One Love”, those are its previous two nightclub incarnations. Rivest’s site has a few other Athens theatres I was unaware of that are also unlisted here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 am

I’m surprised that the Ritz isn’t listed. Let me see if I can find some information about it and I’ll add the Ritz.

Broan
Broan on June 19, 2009 at 9:14 am

I just submitted a story to the blog about it. I wonder if the underutilized Ritz (http://www.theritzathens.com/history.htm) will take its place. There is no CT entry for the Ritz… LM, think you could do one?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

That is bad news. “Most of the roof had collapsed and the interior appeared to be a total loss with only exterior walls still standing” according to this story. Some photos are included.

Broan
Broan on June 19, 2009 at 8:46 am

A fire of undetermined origins hit the Georgia Theatre early this morning. It appears to be gutted. A very sad day for a historic music venue.