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The mission of the Elbert Theatre is:

Educate, Enrich, Empower, Entertain


 


 

The History of the Elbert Theatre

The Elbert Theatre opened on February 23, 1940, as the most advanced movie theatre in Northeast Georgia.  Built by Lucas and Jenkins, the original theatre featured the best in modern conveniences for its time: air conditioning, RCA Hi-Fi sound, Simplex Eurprex projection, and Evenlight diffusing screen, hearing aids, extra large seats in a staggered formation for optimum viewing, and a "magic eye" drinking fountain.  For nearly 30 years, the Theatre served as Elberton's gateway to the world of motion pictures, a regular entertainment spot for local residents.

Fire destroyed the roof of the Theatre on August 8, 1950.  Within 16 weeks, local volunteers managed to rebuild the roof and clean-up the Theatre in order for it to continue operations on November 30, 1950.

In 1967, the Theatre was leased by Elbert County Youth, Inc. and was transformed in the TAHO Club, a local teen center.  In 1989, the City of Elberton purchased the building.  by 1997, the City and local residents realized that the time had come to renovate the facility and make it a functional element of the community.  The Elbert Theatre Foundation, Inc. was founded to oversee this effort, aided by the City of Elberton and local benefactors.

After 4 years of fund raising and renovations, the Elbert Theatre reopened for use as a performing arts facility in 2001.  Since its grand re-opening, it has been the home of local theatrical performances and concerts.

PAST THEATRICAL SEASONS

2009
To Kill a Mockingbird -  Directed by Richard Campbell
Trying to Matter - Directed by Mike Fernandez
Appointment with Death - Directed by Bob Paul & Karen Hardy

2010
The Music Man -  Directed by Bob Paul & Nan Teasley
Murder Most Fouled-Up - Directed by David Bennett
The Beverly Hillbillies - Directed by Toni King
A Tuna Christmas - Directed by Nan Teasley

2011
Noises Off! - Directed by Toni King
Long Day's Journey into Night - Directed by Bob Larson
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -
Directed by Michael & Kayla Blackston
Christmas Belles - Directed by Bob Paul

2012
A Few Good Men - Directed by Bob Larson
A Bad Year for Tomatoes - Directed by Bob Paul
Cotton Patch Gospel - Directed by Mike Fernandez
The Man Who Came to Dinner - Directed by Toni King

2013
Oliver! - Directed by Bob Paul
The 39 Steps - Directed by Toni King
Mr. Long Said Nothing - Directed by Michael Blackston
The Crucible - Directed by Bob Larson

 

   

Contact Information:
Toni King, Theatre Director
P.O. Box 70
Elberton, GA 30635
706-283-1049
tking@cityofelberton.net