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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

  • Seeking New Board Members (Spring)

    Tuesday, Apr. 08

    Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is seeking qualified candidates for 3-year board volunteer positions, terms beginning July 2014. MTC will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m....

  • Marketing Internship Available

    Monday, Feb. 03

    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...

  • Event Sponsorship Program - Winter/Spring 2013

    Friday, Nov. 15

    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 January - June...

Upcoming Events

  • Private Event

    Friday, Aug. 22, 06:00 PM

    For information on hosting your own private event at the Morton please contact our rental coordinator at 706-613-3770.

  • Deep South Dance Off

    Saturday, Oct. 18, 09:00 AM

    Clogging Champions of America (www.ccaclog.com) regional qualifying competition. Tickets will be sold through City Center Dance, call 770-736-3600 for more...

  • Class Tour

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 11:00 AM

    A historic tour being provided for a class. If you would like to schedule your own tour, please call 706-613-3770...

  • DanceATHENS 2014

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Friday, Oct. 24, 04:00 PM

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

  • Apollo to the Moon

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 09:30 AM

    Share in the excitement of America’s race to the moon in this nationally acclaimed drama. Follow Scott Gibson, a young...

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella"

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Thursday, Nov. 06, 07:30 PM

    Come experience the timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale presented by ACC Leisure Services’ Athens Creative Theatre. Featuring a...

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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.



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