One of the first, and the oldest surviving vaudeville theatre in the United States, uniquely built, owned, and operated by an African-American; the Morton opened in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Restored by a citizen-approved sales tax program in 1987 and adapted as community performing arts space, the Morton operates as a rental facility hosting live theatre, music concerts, church services, weddings, dance concerts, receptions, seminars, awards shows, pageants, community events, and more. The rehabilitated Morton Theatre, which seats 480, is a unit of the Arts Division of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government's Leisure Services Department, and is supported in part by the Morton Theatre Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Today, the Morton Theatre operates as a rental theatre. It provides artists and producers a space in which to show their craft. The Morton Building can also host private events of almost any size. Feel free to check out our rentals page for more information. 

Mission Statement

The Morton Theatre of the Leisure Services Department, Arts 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.