The Georgia Theater – Back From The Ashes

I will never forget the morning that the news broke that the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA was on fire. I was bombarded with emails, IMs, and text messages; most of which I forwarded on to as many friends I knew would care.  They all did – and the conversation continued for the next couple of weeks until word broke that they were going to rebuild.  The Theater was a fixture for quite a few of us – catching great shows, watching the Dawgs, and other general debauchery.  News of rebuilding was great: carrying on for generations to come…

Images and news reports looked very bleak:

Around 8:00AM on North Lumpkin

Views of the damage – Word got out that the Marquee and the ticket boxes almost completely survived the flames.  Instead of rebuilding from scratch, the owners sifted through the rubble and were able to re-use or re-purpose quite a bit of the original structure.  Check out the article from The Flagpole – Matthew Pulver does a great job explaining the process.

The (re) Grand Opening of the rebuilt Theater was August 1st with the Glands.  the re-opening schedule is outstanding – just like old times – Blackberry Smoke, Aquarium Rescue Unit, a two night set by the Drive By Truckers, Gillian Welch, and Allgood (I may make it over for this one).

The re-done front – why change a good thing?

The new stage – getting ready for Blackberry Smoke

No, the Georgia Theater is not a dive bar…it’s the real deal.  It’s place in the legendary Athens music scene can’t go understated.  The fact that it’s back is great news for any of us that live on live music.

Images: Google Image Search



  1. 08/10/2011 / 12:55 PM

    I’ve actually never been there, but will be seeing Gillian Welch there this Sunday. Looking forward to it.

  2. Gary
    08/10/2011 / 5:54 PM

    This place was awesome during my college years, I saw DAC (many times including 1978), Wet Willie, Sea Level, Little Feat, B-52s, REM, among others here. Then in 1982, it was renamed the Carafe & Draft Theater & opens with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for $1.00. Great times and a great era to be at UGA. Glad this historic site has risen from the ashes!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 08/11/2011 / 9:09 AM

    I too was greatly saddened the day the theater burned. I spent many a great evening there seeing some amazing shows during my college years and for years after. I am so glad that the Theater is open again and hopefully will be for many many more years to come.

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