Albany Georgia

Albany Civic Center

The Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center is the home of the Albany Panthers arena football team.

Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center is Georgia's largest indoor municipal facility south of Atlanta. Named for the late former Albany mayor, James H. Gray Sr., this 10,240 seat arena has seven seating styles: basketball, end stage, half house, ice show, rodeo, Sesame Street Live and wrestling. The municipal center also features 46,000 square feet of exhibit space, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and 2,100 parking spaces. The civic center complex which includes Veteran's Park Amphitheatre, is located on the bank of the Flint River in Downtown Albany and is across the street from Hilton Garden Inn.

Albany Municipal Auditorium


Albany Municipal Auditorium photo by Johnny Bush

Built in 1916, Albany Municipal Auditorium is the cultural and physical successor of Georgia's largest Chautauqua auditorium. Albany Georgia's 965 seat classic style auditorium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has one of the few Steinway grand pianos bearing the Steinway signature.   Nearest hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Carnegie Library


Carnegie Library photo by Johnny Bush
Carnegie Library is the home of the Albany Area Arts Council.

Carnegie Library, named for its benefactor Andrew Carnegie and built in 1906, served as the main library until 1966. In 1992, Carnegie Library became the administrative offices of the Albany Area Arts Council and serves as an arts welcome center, as well as a meeting facility for arts & entertainment organizations. Carnegie Library is the venue for Concert Notes, pre-concert gatherings for Albany Symphony Orchestra concert attendees. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1993 Carnegie Library was presented the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Adaptive-Use Rehabilitation. The library is an excellent site for receptions and meetings, and is also a popular wedding reception venue. The building can be rented for private functions.    Nearest hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Ritz Theater


Ritz Theater Cultural Center photo by Johnny Bush
The Ritz Theater, located in Harlem, was the site of performances by Ray Charles and Roy Hamilton.

The Ritz Theater, built in 1930, was an integral part of Albany, Georgia’s African-American social life. This theater provided entertainment, cinematography and was host to great entertainers that included Ray Charles and Roy Hamilton. Ritz Theater has also served as a location of original plays by Curtis Williams, an African-American playwright and former professor at Albany State University. The Ritz Theater was restored and rededicated in December 1991 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Events held here include Jazz Under the Stars, Gospel Fests, Art Series, exhibits, discussions, workshops and seminars. For information on use of the Ritz Theater, contact the Albany Area Arts Council.    Nearest hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

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