While preserving and honoring its rich African-American history, the Morton Theatre is a community-based performing arts venue committed to providing and cultivating diverse programming that will enrich, educate and inspire current and future generations.
Morton Theatre is a unit of the Arts & Nature Division of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government's Leisure Services Department and is sponsored in part by the Morton Theatre Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Morton Theatre of the Leisure Services Department, Arts & Nature Division, and as a service of local government, is a sophisticated historic performance venue which is committed to showcasing rich, dynamic and diverse entertainment and cultural events.
The Morton Theatre is a 500-seat, acoustically superb auditorium listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a locally designated historic landmark. The Morton is available for performance rentals, tours, seminars, small banquets, meetings, conferences, receptions, and more. Please contact us or visit our web page for rental information.
The Morton Theatre is celebrating 100 years of culture, heritage, and community on the Hot Corner in the Classic City!
The Morton Theatre hosted early acts such as classical pianist Alice Carter Simmons, Butterbeans and Susie, Blind Willie McTell, Curley Weaver and Roy Dunn.
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.
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.