Variety Playhouse Sold to Owners of Athens’ Georgia Theatre

Variety Playhouse Sold to Owners of Athens’ Georgia Theatre

Steve Harris, owner of the Variety Playhouse for the past 25 years and the person most responsible for revitalizing the 75-year-old theater as one of Atlanta music lovers’ most revered music venues, has sold it to Agon Entertainment, the company that purchased the Georgia Theatre in Athens last year.

Agon has brought on Georgia Theatre management to work together with the Variety’s former owner and staff during the transition and beyond. Physical renovations, including a revamping of the lobby area and seating modifications, are expected to begin next May, with a reopening planned for August 2016.

Harris, who was recently honored as the Grand Marshall of the Little Five Points Halloween Parade, will stay on as a consultant for the next year, and has said he will likely continue to promote shows at various Atlanta venues under his Windstorm Productions banner.

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