1937: Movie Theater opens in Clarkesville
The Habersham Theater
Many remember going to the movies there and what fun they had.
Sometime after the advent of TV in homes, attendance dropped
and the building was used in various ways.
It is still remembered for Record Sales in 1968:
When used as a store, a floor was built over the auditorium floor
that made the front of the theater even with the level of the stage.
The ceiling was lowered, effectively creating a rectangular box
within the building. Another use of the building was as an antique/junk store
At some time, the marque and font sides were covered with shingles.
1999: NEW LIFE FOR HABERSHAM THEATER BEGINS
When Habersham Community Theater purchased the building in 1999
as its home to present live theater, one of the first things done
was to remove the shingles, and the sign in the center.
MORE REPAIRS TO THE MARQUEE
During the next few years repairs were made to the marquee, and the letters spelling
HABERSHAM were placed on the vertical above the marquee.
HCT’s logo designed by the daughter of Board member Paul Webster and
painted to a panel by artist C. J. DeFreese to complete the marquee was installed.
NEW STUCCO AND PAINT
About 2005 the stucco was completely renewed and added to the bricks on the front.
The building was repainted with its historical creme and blue.
2011 FACADE GRANT FROM THE CITY OF CLARKESVILLE
In 2011 HCT received a grant from the city of Clarkesville to update the facade.
Some paint color changes were suggested by a UGA architecture group.
This was the fifth major change. Through the years parts of the marquee have been
replaced, but continue to present problems in that the letters must be hand placed
by person on a ladder.
2019 FACADE GRANT FROM FOX THEATER INSTITUTE
Renovation was necessary to for the facade due to structural problems.
The facade was in the process of separating from the brick building!
HCT was active during the work and patrons and volunteerswere kept safe
with a protected entrance. HCT is very grateful to the Fox Institute for this matching grant.
Thanks to this grant, this big structural problem is solved.
This is the poster displayed on the facade following the finished work
and for a reception hosted by HCT for the Fox Theater representatives,
members, and volunteers.
Process of Newest Historic Habersham Theater Face Lift!