Abandoned Amphitheater, 1973, Jekyll Island

The view from the stage gives an appreciation of the size of the now-abandoned Jekyll Island Amphitheater, most recently used in collaboration between the Jekyll Island Authority and Valdosta State University, which lasted from 1989 until 2004.

Each summer, three performances were staged here as a part of the Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival.

Budget constraints eventually ended the festival and the the amphitheater has been abandoned ever since.

There has been an effort to resurrect the amphitheater for several years and its preservation is on the long-term agenda of the Jekyll Island Authority.

The ‘ruins’ are surrounded by natural forests and adjacent to a pond known largely to birdwatchers. A short walk is required to access the site, near the Jekyll Island Fire Station. In summer, bug spray is a must.


13 thoughts on “Abandoned Amphitheater, 1973, Jekyll Island

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  2. pit trumpet player

    Just one note, the mention of 3 shows doesn’t quite do justice to the hub of activity this was during those summers. I was there in ‘99 and 01’ and our contracts were for 10 weeks, I think shows where running for 9 of those, with the last 7 weeks being all shows up 6 days per week with something like a alternating 3/2/1, /2/3/1, schedule and only Monday off. The company filled the dorms by the hotel and were regular at all the local places.

  3. Jackie Dudley

    We have several photos of this taken a few years ago. Let me know if you want to see them and I can send a link to my blog (no advertising) just a way to keep our photos organized.

      1. JoAnn Boham

        I’d love to see your pictures too. We are going there this month and this gives me something new to look for. I looked back on some old notes of things to do on Jekyll and it was listed. Who knew?

    1. Angela

      Jackie, I would also love to see your pictures of the Amphitheater back in its glory days. I have since visited the remains in the natural setting, rusted metal and all.

  4. Debra King

    I saw the performance “Oklahoma” there. Loved the atmosphere! I too wish it could be refurbished. What if the Jekyll Island Club and the Westin got together with JIA and offered performances in packages. Just a thought!

  5. Nos

    I saw the band “Flood” perform their rock opera “Dear little man” there in September 1973. A great performance in a great setting.

  6. Hazel Underwood

    It was a magical place! I so wish they would refurbish it and put it back in operation. We planned our trips to the island around those performances!

  7. AC

    I remember this place well, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls, Brigadoon, etc. Three shows every summer. In the late 70s – early 80s, FSU’s theater program ran the summer stock theatre program. Briefly, in the mid to late 80s, UGA took over, with Valdosta picking it up in 1989. Each year, I gave my parents season tickets to the Jekyll summer theater. So, I remember when it ended… very disappointing and sad to see how it has declined.

  8. bribling

    My Alma Mater (1980) and I never knew about this. I hope that they can restore and use it. Maybe they can establish some regular events to be held here and keep it going.


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