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Georgia Theatre
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The Georgia Theatre
Opened 1978
Location Athens, Georgia
Owner Wilmot Greene
Randy Smith

The Georgia Theatre is a prominent music venue in Athens, Georgia, located in an old cinema. Many prominent acts from the early music of Athens, Georgia performed at the Theatre, including a range of folk, popular and country acts. The Theatre is on the Athens Music History Walking Tour sponsored by the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau.[1] The Theatre opened as a music venue in 1978, with the band Sea Level playing. The Police played a show at the Theatre in 1979, on their first American tour. The Theatre then shut down again in the early 1980s, and spent a few years as a movie house with occasional shows. It was reopened as a venue in 1989, and the Theatre has since hosted many of the major touring acts that come through Athens.[1]

The Georgia Theatre was reopened by the owners of the Uptown Lounge (Kyle Pilgrim and Bill "Duck" Anderson), in October 1989, after an extended period of being known as the Carafe and Draft. The first band to play was Pylon. It has since been the host to many shows including Nirvana, Sevendust, R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Warren Zevon and Dave Matthews Band. The Derek Trucks Band recorded their 2004 concert album Live at Georgia Theatre at the venue.

Also heavy metal band Sevendust recording their concert album titled Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live on September 12, 2003.

In November 2004, the Georgia Theatre was sold to Wilmot Greene and Randy Smith who renovated and restored the venue to its former condition.

On June 19, 2009, at around 7 a.m., a major fire erupted in the Georgia Theatre, inflicting severe damage to the building, including a roof collapse.[2][3]

The Georgia Theatre will be undergoing renovations in 2010 in hopes to open by early 2011. Coordinates: 33°57′31″N 83°22′38″W / 33.958614°N 83.377111°W / 33.958614; -83.377111


  1. ^ a b Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau
  2. ^ "Fire heavily damages historic Georgia Theatre", Athens Banner-Herald, June 19, 2009
  3. ^ "Roof collapses as Georgia Theatre burns in Athens", by Chip Towers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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