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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
12pm - 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...

  • MTC Co-Presenter Program

    To support other Athens area non-profits for the rental of the Morton Theatre, the Morton Theatre Corporation will consider all Co-Presenter applications for a positive partnership.

Upcoming Events

  • Un-Shame On You

    Saturday, Jul. 15, 07:00 PM

    "UN-SHAME ON YOU" brings the battle men, women and children across the globe, have with shame, to the stage. Shame...

  • ACT Theatre Performance Experience

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Monday, Jul. 17, 09:00 AM

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

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Friday, Jul. 28, 07:00 PM

    The kingdom of Glump has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a...

  • Event TBA

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Saturday, Aug. 12, 09:00 AM

    An event is in the planning stages and not yet confirmed on our calendar. For information on hosting your own event...

  • "Ida" The Stage Play

    Saturday, Oct. 07, 07:00 PM

    "Ida" is a Christian based play that highlights God, family, love and forgiveness. "Ida" will be inspirational by touching the...

  • Private Rehearsal

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Friday, Jul. 14, 05:00 PM

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

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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.