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.
Hiley Slappey (1871-1934)
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.
of the Historic Theater
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.