Athens' Historic Showplace




The Morton Theatre hosted early acts such as classical pianist Alice Carter Simmons, Butterbeans and Susie, Blind Willie McTell, Cab Calloway, Curley Weaver and Roy Dunn.

One of the first, and the oldest surviving vaudeville theatre in the United States, uniquely built, owned, and operated by an African-American; the Morton opened in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Restored by a citizen-approved sales tax program in 1987 and adapted as community performing arts space, the Morton operates as a rental facility hosting live theatre, music concerts, church services, weddings, dance concerts, receptions, seminars, awards shows, pageants, community events, and more. The rehabilitated Morton Theatre, which seats 490, is a unit of the Arts and Nature Division of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government's Leisure Services Department, and is supported in part by the Morton Theatre Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In 2013, Plumgood Productions produced a documentary film about the  Morton Building, Theatre, its owner, and its influence on the local community. The Soul of Athens: A History of the Morton Theatre has since won a Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award for excellence of content, execution and creativity.