Austin Theater

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The Theater’s Rich History

The Austin Theater is a unique event venue located in historic uptown Fort Valley, GA. It was originally purchased by George Hiley Slappey in November 1915 to house a dry goods store named R.S. Braswell & Sons. We boast of its wooden beam ceiling, acoustic indoor walls, and exterior brick walls.

George Hiley Slappey (1871-1934)

George was a pharmacist who later became a successful peach farmer. He was considered as one of the richest men in Fort Valley as he made a fortune growing peaches in his large country farm. Upon his death, the estate was sold to the Martin-Thompson Company, who then renamed it as the Peach Theater.

Restoration of the Historic Theater

The theater had hosted several stage plays and had served as a discount store until it was abandoned in 1996. It was then donated to the Downtown Development Authority in 1999 for rehabilitation and restoration as a commercial and cultural venue. Later, it was reopened as the Austin Theater, serving as a premiere events place on the main street.