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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

  • 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.

  • Seeking New Board Members (Spring)

    Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is seeking qualified candidates for 3-year board volunteer positions, terms beginning July 1. MTC will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m....

Upcoming Events

  • World Changers Church - Athens: Sunday Worship Services

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Sunday, May. 29, 10:00 AM

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

  • Private Rehearsal

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Wednesday, Jun. 01, 05:00 PM

    The theatre is not open to the public due to a closed rehearsal. Please see our full calendar for details...

  • Musicology

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Friday, Jun. 03, 06:30 PM

    Enjoy the annual concert of INSPIRE School of the Arts. Are you ready to be INSPIRED?

  • 47th Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards

    Monday, Jun. 06, 06:30 PM

    The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation is pleased to present its 47th Annual Preservation Awards ceremony, showcasing outstanding projects that revitalize historic...

  • Private Event

    Saturday, Jun. 18, 04:00 PM

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

  • ACT Summer Performance Camp

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Monday, Jul. 18, 09:00 AM

    Campers will enjoy learning the basics of theatrical performance. Activities will include blocking and performing a workshop play, theatre games,...

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Did You Know?

In September 1912, the Morton played host to "The Brooks Players." The show featured several comedians, singers, and other performers. The show was very well recieved by a large and appreciative Athens audience.