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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
10am - 1pm  |  3pm - 6pm

Featured News

  • Marketing Coordinator (volunteer position)

    The Morton Theatre is seeking an individual to work with staff to promote and market the Morton Theatre and its events to a culturally and economically diverse audience. The individual...

  • Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer) Position Available

    The Morton Theatre seeks a volunteer to develop and administer the (volunteer) Troupers program for the Morton Theatre. Please email resumes and cover letters to Lynn Battle Green at director@mortontheatre.com or...

  • Event Sponsorship Program

    The Morton Theatre Corporation will consider Sponsorships to eligible nonprofit organizations with priority consideration given to organizations serving in or near Athens-Clarke County communities for events from July - December.

Upcoming Events

  • "Family Mess" The Play

    Saturday, May. 30, 07:00 PM

    Urban stage play featuring national recording artist and legendary actors: Chad Lawson Cooper, actor and national recording artist, Alicia Robinson...

  • Sunday Worship Services

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Sunday, May. 31, 10:00 AM

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

  • 2015 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards

    Monday, Jun. 01, 06:00 PM

    The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation is pleased to present the 46th Annual Preservation Awards, showcasing outstanding projects that revitalize historic places...

  • Private Rehearsal

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Wednesday, Jun. 03, 04:00 PM

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

  • So You Think You Can Dance: The Discovery

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Friday, Jun. 05, 07:00 PM

    Enjoy the inaugural concert of INSPIRE School of the Arts. Are you ready to be INSPIRED?

  • ACT Summer Performance Camp

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Monday, Jul. 06, 04:00 PM

    Campers will enjoy learning the basics of theatrical performance. Activities will include blocking and performing a workshop play, theatre games,...

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Did You Know?

After his death, Monroe Bowers "Pink" Morton was celebrated for his many talents and contributions to the Athens community. He was known for being one of the leaders of the community for his amazing business sense, influence in local and national politics, and his dedication to lift up the black community of Athens. His sphere of influence was large, and he was one of the wealthiest black men in the city as well as the state. When he died, the Athens community definitely felt his loss, but they were able to see his legacy live on through his buildings and other business ventures.