The Varsity, 1963, Athens


Founded in Atlanta by the Gordy family in 1928, the first Athens Varsity opened in 1932, across from the arch. It remained open until at least the late 1970s. This location opened in 1963. Recent rumors suggest the property is to be replaced by a Publix grocery store and the Varsity moved to Oconee County. I cannot confirm this at this time.


It was confirmed on 13 May 2021 that the Varisty will be demolished for a new development on the property.


Filed under --CLARKE COUNTY GA--, Athens GA

7 responses to “The Varsity, 1963, Athens

  1. Jay Holland

    I believe your date may be off for the closing of the Varsity across from the arch. My older sister attended UGA during the mid-70s and The Varsity downtown was still open during most, if not all, of her 4 years at UGA. However, when I began my freshman year in 1980, it had closed and the former location became an arcade.

  2. Carol

    At least from 64-68, women students were only allowed inside the “downtown” Varsity, and only in the drive in portion of the other one.

  3. i hope they do not relocate. Any updates?

  4. Susan Marie Phillips

    I absolutely LOVE the VARSITY🐾❤️

  5. Pat Ogilvie


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