Georgia Theatre Catches Fire in Athens
According to various reports on Twitter, Athens, Ga.'s historic Georgia Theatre caught fire around 7:00 a.m. EST this morning. Although a cause for the fire has yet to be named, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that witnesses said the fire was "a major blaze and that the theater would likely suffer major damages." Atlanta's 11 Alive News also reports out of order traffic lights, visible smoke from miles away and "as many as 4 ladder trucks" currently fighting the flames.
“It’s definitely a piece of Athens history,” Eldridge said. “Since I was a child, we went there to see pictures and it’s been a music venue since the 1970s.”The Georgia Theatre has been home to countless shows from notable Athens acts such as R.E.M., Pylon, The B-52s and Drive-By Truckers, as well as myriad national touring acts. The venue was set to host several bands at next weekend's AthFest.
Update (11:30 a.m.): Reader Alyssa De Hayes sent Paste several photos from the scene of the fire.
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