Historic Georgia Theatre Destroyed by Fire

georgia-theatreSad news in Athens, GA today as the historic Georgia Theatre was just damaged by a bad fire that broke out this morning around 7am. The damage was extensive, causing the roof to collapse and everything inside to be mostly destroyed.

From the venue’s website:

It is with immense emotion that we sadly report the Georgia Theatre burned down this morning. There are a lot more questions than answers right now and we will do our best to keep the public informed as we learn more.

We appreciate all of the support that the great folks of Athens have provided and the additional messages received from wonderful patrons from around the world.

The Georgia Theatre Staff

Here’s video from the local Fox affiliate in Atlanta:

Power in the area was also cutoff so business just kinda stopped for everyone. And Perpetual Groove was set to open a two-night run there tonight, but they’re changing their plans to help support the employees of Georgia Theatre that have their work cut out for them in the future (if any work at all):

The amazing folks with Perpetual Groove are working their tails off. It is a pleasure to announce that Perpetual Groove will be performing a benefit concert at the Classic Center on Saturday, June 20. All tickets that were purchased for Friday and Saturday’s show at the Georgia Theatre will be honored. If you would still like to purchase a ticket, then CLICK HERE or go to the Classic Center box office. Doors are at 8pm and the show will start at 9pm.