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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

  • PR/Social Media Internship

    Tuesday, Oct. 24

    Morton Theatre Corporation is currently accepting applications for a communications intern who can begin working with the historic theatre in winter 2018. This position will provide applicants with the opportunity...

  • Seeking New Board Members (Winter)

    Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is seeking qualified candidates for 3-year board volunteer positions, terms beginning January 2018. MTC will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m....

  • Supportin' The Morton

    While it’s true that many board activities ask a lot of time and commitment, there are a few things that only require your consideration while making a valuable contribution.

Upcoming Events

  • Holiday at the Morton

    Tuesday, Dec. 19, 07:00 PM

    The Morton Theatre Corporation presents "Holiday at the Morton" in appreciation of the Athens community that supports the Morton Theatre. Free...

  • Private Rehearsal

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 04:00 PM

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

  • Event TBA

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Saturday, Feb. 10, 02:00 PM

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

  • World Changers Church - Athens: Sunday Worship Services

    Multiple Dates
    Next: Sunday, Dec. 17, 10:00 AM

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

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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.


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Mission Statement

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.