The station, in Stone Mountain Village, recently had renovations and a new addition to the theater completed. The money for the renovations came through private donations. The addition is an area with a trolley car appearance and provides a cabaret space after shows.
“For years people in the area have been telling me we need a music hall,” Artistic Director and Founder David Thomas said. “It does not capture the true sense of a music hall since it is small, but it helps to provide for that need.”
From 1913 to 1948, the theater served as a trolley station and provided the sole trolley line from Stone Mountain to Atlanta. Thomas said they have always wanted to capture the history of the building.
Inside the cabaret space, around 40 guests will be able to sit and enjoy live jazz music while dining on desserts and wines. Thomas said with the space they hope guests will want to stay instead of traveling to Decatur or Gwinnett.
Stone Mountain artist Tracie Hawkins said the space provides her the opportunity to network and receive more ideas for her gallery.
“Right now people really do not have a reason to come to Stone Mountain Village late at night,” Hawkins said. “Having a cabaret after shows allows me to meet new people and to possibly have my gallery stay open a little later.”
Thomas also helped to provide the historical references that cover the walls as guests enter the building. Other renovations include new seating in the theater and a fresh coat of paint throughout the station.
The celebration will feature food from Gullah Gourmet, Atlanta International Foods and Snead’s Bar-B-Q. There will be live music playing from three different areas – the theater, the cabaret and the upstairs assembly hall.