The Athens Historic Preservation Commission voted this week to give the green light to the owner of the Georgia Theatre to bring the landmark back from the ashes. The historic building was gutted by a massive fire June 19th.
Wilmot Greene tells the Athens-Banner Herald the Georgia Theatre will look much the same when rebuilt. But he does plan to add some new flourishes—such as a museum, art gallery, and rooftop barbecue restaurant.
Money is still needed for the rebuild: the Theatre website is taking donations, as is the Georgia Trust.
Greene tells the Athens-paper he’s in the process of getting the necessary city permits, and hopes to reopen the venue next year.