Athens, GA 30601
The Morton Building was built in 1910 by Monroe Bowers ("Pink") Morton, a prominent, local, African-American businessman. At one time, the Morton Building formed the core of the downtown black business district. Many of Athens' black doctors, dentists and pharmacists practiced in the Morton Building.
The theatre was opened on May 18, 1910, for vaudeville acts and local, regional and national performers. During the 1930s, the theatre was modified to become a movie house. In 1954, a small fire broke out in the projection room, and the movie theater was closed. However, various street level businesses continued their operations.
In 1980, the building was purchased by a nonprofit group, and local bands, such as Dreams So Real, the B-52's and R.E.M., occasionally used the building for rehearsal space and filming music videos. In 1987, residents approved a special projects local option sales tax referendum that included the restoration of the theatre. In fall 1993, the theatre was re-opened. 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, and pageants.
Info & Amenities
Hours of Operation
Monday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Abbey Road LIVE!: A Night to Remember
10/09/2015 - 10/09/2015
Abbey Road LIVE! is well known for their energetic take on the Beatles vast catalogue. Tonight's show will highlight the songs of John Lennon, both from the Beatles years and from his post-Beatles solo career. With the help of some all-star guest performers from the Athens music scene, songs like "Imagine", "Instant Karma" and "Watching The Wheels" will come to life, along with a second set of Beatles favorites. Come celebrate the life of John Lennon!
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Change Gon' Come
10/10/2015 - 10/10/2015
The Windsong Music Group presents "A Change Gon' Come" – The Sam Cooke Story, a musical drama about Sam Cooke's life, his music, and his legacy. This dramatic musical chronicles Sam Cooke's life from a talented teen to a seasoned star. The production gives you his music, shows you his life, and leaves you with his legacy.
Sam Cooke (1931–1964) was a popular and influential American gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
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