Morton Theatre

195 W. Washington Street,
Athens, GA 30601

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Doonyman on November 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Wait, forget what I just said. I just went to the Morton website and they’re still open and running and doing events. I must have been confused when I was walking around downtown. Sorry, y'all! :–)

Doonyman on November 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I hope I’m making this up, but I could swear the last time I visited Athens, this place was closed down. I think it’s a handbag store now. If that’s true, what a sad turn of events for such a classy old theater.

kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Here is a photo and some information about the Morton:

kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 2:30 pm

If you’re lazing around on your hammock this holiday weekend, with your laptop of course, you may wish to peruse this master’s thesis on African-American theaters in Georgia. There are sections on the Morton as well as several other theaters:

Patsy on December 19, 2004 at 2:49 pm

Just read in a great book entitled How They Met by Joey Green about Laurel and Hardy. Ollie Hardy was born in Harlem GA and attended the University of Georgia in Athens GA. He dropped out of college and “opened a movie theatre”! Interesting!

Patsy on December 19, 2004 at 1:38 pm

The Julie had a ‘crying room’ which I had never heard of. It was a special area in the back where a mother could take her crying child so as to avoid bothering fellow patrons. Great idea!

Patsy on December 19, 2004 at 1:01 pm

Near Athens in the Town of Hartwell GA was another theatre called the Julie. It is now an Ace Hardware Store, but the current owner recalls going to the movies at the Julie. The name came about because the family that owned the Julie and another one across the town square along with a drive-in south of town were all named after the owner’s daughters. Sadly, none of them today exist.