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Welcome to the Morton

One of the first, and the oldest surviving African-American built, owned, and operated vaudeville theatres in the United States, the Morton Theatre opened in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The fully restored Morton is a rental facility that hosts a wide range of performances and special events. The Morton Theatre hosted early acts such as classical pianist Alice Carter Simmons, Butterbeans and Susie, Blind Willie McTell, Curley Weaver and Roy Dunn, and experienced the dawn of the silver screen as a movie house.

Restored and adapted as a performing arts space, the Morton now caters to local community and touring groups hosting live musical concerts, musicals, dramas, church services, weddings, dance concerts, receptions, poetry readings, award ceremonies, lectures, pageants, and more.


Box Office

Phone: 706-613-3771
Hours: Monday - Friday
12pm - 6pm

Featured News

  • Job Announcement: PART-TIME

    Wednesday, Jul. 19

    Looking to join the Morton Theatre team? Currently seeking applications for our part-time Technical Assistant. Do you have what it takes to make our house yours? Deadline: August 1

  • Job Announcement: FULL TIME

    Tuesday, Jul. 26

    Looking to join the Morton Theatre team? Currently seeking applications for our Theatre Assistant position. The purpose of this position is to support the administrative and production related activities for...

  • PR/Social Media Internship

    Morton Theatre Corporation is currently accepting applications for a communications intern who can begin working with the historic theatre in fall of 2017. This position will provide applicants with the...

Upcoming Events

  • DanceATHENS 2017

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Friday, Oct. 20, 07:30 PM

    Join us for the annual DanceATHENS Dance Concert, hosted by Dancefx Athens and featuring performance companies from all over the...

  • Private Rehearsal

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Monday, Oct. 23, 05:00 PM

    The theatre is not open to the public due to a closed rehearsal. Please see our full calendar for details...

  • A Christmas Story the Musical

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Thursday, Nov. 09, 02:00 PM

    Athens Creative Theatre is thrilled to be bringing "A Christmas Story" the musical to the stage here in Athens. "A...

  • Event TBA

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 02:00 PM

    An event is in the planning stages and not yet confirmed on our calendar. For information on hosting your own event...

  • World Changers Church - Athens: Sunday Worship Services

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:00 AM

    World Changers Church – Athens, GA (WCC-Athens) is a Satellite Church branch of World Changers Ministries. WCC-Athens was birthed Sunday,...

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Did You Know?

In September 1912, the Morton played host to "The Brooks Players." The show featured several comedians, singers, and other performers. The show was very well recieved by a large and appreciative Athens audience.


Mission Statement

The Morton Theatre of the Leisure Services Department, Arts & Nature Division, and as a service of local government is a sophisticated historic performance venue which is committed to showcasing rich, dynamic and diverse entertainment and cultural events.