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The Mission of The Classic Center

The Classic Center Authority shall enhance the quality of life in Athens-Clarke County by serving as the cultural, civic and social center of the Southeast and by generating maximum economic impact.

The Classic Center is northeast Georgia's premier award winning convention center and performing arts theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center provides unique meeting space, outstanding special events services and a wide range of entertainment options, making this unconventional convention center the choice for conferences, meetings and special events!

The Classic Center is under the auspices of The Classic Center Authority (CCA), a political subdivision of the state government, created on March 10, 1988, as enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. The five-member CCA board of directors is appointed by the Athens-Clarke County Commission.

Bill Douglas (Chair) through June 30, 2015
Gwen O'Looney  (Vice Chair) through June 30, 2015
Tom Hollingsworth(Secretary/Treasurer) through June 30, 2014
Thomas Hinson through June 30, 2016
Charlie M. Maddox
through June 30, 2016

The Classic Center has been under the leadership of Executive Director Paul Cramer since it opened in 1995. Considered the crown jewel of downtown Athens, The Classic Center's motto is "Be Impressed," and guests most certainly are. Nearly 300,000 people attend more than 800 events each year in the convention center and theatre.

300 N Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601
p 706.208.0900 • 1.800.918.6393
f 706.548.0870

Administrative Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST   |   p 706.357.4444

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