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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

  • Morton Renovations: AUDITORIUM CLOSED

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Saturday, Aug. 01, 09:00 AM

    Description: The Morton Theatre auditorium is closed for SPLOST renovations from July 22, 2015 - September 30, 2015.

  • Sunday Worship Services

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Sunday, Aug. 02, 10:00 AM

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

  • A Change Gon' Come

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Saturday, Oct. 10, 03:00 PM

    The Windsong Music Group presents “A CHANGE GON' COME” – THE SAM COOKE STORY, a musical drama about Sam...

  • Event TBA

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Thursday, Oct. 15, 07:30 PM

    Another exciting event is currently in the planning phase. Details soon to follow.

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Did You Know?

On October 11-12, 2014 the Public Information Office and the Morton Theatre staff brought in a team from Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigations to investigate strange occurrences that have been reported by numerous people throughout the building's history.

The Public Information Office and a videographer documented the overnight investigation, resulting in the 29 minute short film "Athens Ghost Hunt: The Morton Theatre" (http://bit.ly/MTghost) The video runs features a brief history of the Morton Theatre, individuals recounting unexplained occurrences and ghost stories from the building, and the process and results of the ghost hunt.