8 Timeless Georgia Theater Venues

Say "I do" and pay homage to your favorite acts at one of these eight celebrated Georgia theaters.
by Caroline Eubanks
Cox Capitol Theatre wedding reception
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Cox Capitol Theatre

382 2nd St., Macon; (478) 257-6391; Cox Capitol Theatre

Macon is one of the most important cities for music in the country, fostering acts like the Allman Brothers Band and Little Richard—so why not celebrate your love of music in its performing space? Have your ceremony or reception in the same theater where legendary acts have taken the stage. The floor level can hold 165 guests, with overflow space on the balcony for 305, or combine both to celebrate with up to 650 family members and friends. Plus, catering and organization is done by local favorite Moonhanger Group, which runs H&H Soul Food, Dovetail and Rookery.

Springer Opera House

103 Tenth St., Columbus; (706) 327-3688; The Springer Opera House

Set your wedding among the greats of theater and politics at the Springer Opera House. Opened in 1871, the renovated theater features a 700-seat main stage auditorium surrounded by 19th-century recessed columns, a New Orleans–style balcony for outdoor cocktails, formal garden, the Foley Hall ballroom (fits 280) and Player's Saloon (think: rehearsal dinner or after-party for 60). History buffs, take note: This opera house is one of only seven theaters in the US considered a National Historic Landmark.

Georgia Theatre

25 N. Lumpkin St., Athens; (706) 850-7670; Georgia Theatre

Acts such as R.E.M. and B.B. King have performed at this historic college town theater that dates back to 1889. Get hitched on the stage and dine on the main level with Southern favorites prepared by the in-house catering team. Then, invite guests to the rooftop patio, which overlooks downtown Athens and the college campus, for an outdoor dance party. The space can accommodate up to 800 guests among all its rooms. Packages even include a custom message on the marquee and a green room turned bridal suite, perfect for getting ready.

Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta; (404) 881-2100; The Fox Theatre

Built in 1928 as a Far East–inspired Shriners headquarters, this theater became a movie palace shortly after, and it's hosted everything from live music and classic films to weddings. The Moorish interiors provide endless photo ops, while the Egyptian Ballroom is a popular reception site for up to 480 guests. You can even take over the Arabian-style auditorium to say your “I dos" under a ceiling installation resembling a starlit sky

The Buckhead Theatre

3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta; (404) 843-2825; The Buckhead Theatre

This Buckhead neighborhood icon opened in 1930 as a Jazz Age theater but reopened as a private event space in 2010 featuring Spanish Baroque-style architecture and lots of music history. After a ceremony in the theater, sip drinks at the marble lobby bar while the auditorium space transforms into a reception for 300 friends and family. Your guests can enjoy bites from Bold American Events and gaze over the dance floor from the second-story balcony.

Lucas Theatre for the Arts

32 Abercorn St., Savannah; (912) 525-5040, LucasTheatre.com

Invite your guests to celebrate in this 1920s motion picture house named after Arthur Lucas—it's also the venue for Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil infamous wrap party. Transform the stage into your altar, which can double as your dance floor, and up to 1,200 guests can watch from the restored seats. One thing's for sure at this venue: You'll have great lighting thanks to expert tech specs, plus a state-of-theart sound system.

Sylvia Beard Theatre at the Buford Community Center

2200 Buford Hwy. NE, Buford; (770) 945-6762; BufordCommunityCenter.com

While more modern in comparison to the historic theaters in the state (it was built in 2012), the 274-seat Sylvia Beard Theater is an important part of the Buford community, bringing in musical acts and films as well as hosting social events. Have your ceremony on the main stage before the reception for up to 300 in the Phillip Beard Ballroom. Its dark wood paneling and dramatic staircases make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos. Atlanta's beloved Proof of the Pudding caters your reception eats, which can include mojo chicken and brownie bottom bourbon pecan pie.

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

117 N. Park Square NE, Marietta; (770) 293-0080; Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Set on the historic Marietta Square, the Strand was one of the first movie theaters in the area, opening in 1935. Rent the art deco–style auditorium and the upstairs event room with the Cobb Terrace, the theater's best asset, for your ceremony or reception with 200 to 400 guests. Enjoy drinks as you watch the sun set over the square, and nosh on preferred catering from Dave Poe's BBQ or Gabriel's, both of which focus on Southern specialties. Bonus: The Strand will include your name on the marquee and play the wedding march on the theater organ.

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