Monday, October 19, 2009

Georgia Theatre Update

Work at the Georgia Theatre in Athens continues. The theatre, which suffered significant fire damage this past June, is at the beginning of its long recovery process. One key step was the owner's selection of the architectural firm Davis Architects for the rehabilitation project. The architects have provided some early conceptual drawings and plans that so far have members of the historic preservation commission, a panel with the power to approve development in local historic districts, praising the proposed designs.

Though progress has begun, this rehabilitation project is not without challenges. One challenge is designing the interior of the gutted theatre to meet all modern codes while preserving the theatre’s historic exterior (Rehabilitating Interior Spaces). Another challenge lies in making these modern and necessary upgrades without compromising the sense of nostalgia held by many music lovers who attended shows at the theatre. It is obvious from comments made by the public (in response to newspaper stories and on blogs, Facebook and Twitter) that this theatre holds a special place in the hearts of many. Your contributions help ensure that the Georgia Theatre will once again be a place for making music and making memories.

After partnering with The Georgia Trust to establish the Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund, donations to the fund have been consistent. All donations to the fund are tax deductible and will be used to pay invoices for rehabilitation work submitted to The Georgia Trust. Donations can be made through our website.

You can also support the Georgia Theatre while enjoying a night of great music in Atlanta’s beautifully restored historic Fox Theatre. Tickets are now on sale for the Zac Brown Band concert at the Fox on Friday October 30th. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund.

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