The Athena opened its doors in 1915, and has played film continuously over the years, placing us among the oldest movie theaters in the nation. Purchased and restored by Ohio University in 2001, the Art Deco-style interior features three screens and is fully handicap accessible.
Organized in 1979, The Athens Community Music School is committed to providing professional and qualified music instruction, educational programs, and music therapy services to persons of all ages and abilities in Athens and Southeast Ohio. Our instructors include faculty members from the Ohio University School of Music, Master Teachers (teachers with a master's degree in music and many years of teaching experience), and qualified graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Music.
The Athens International Film and Video Festival was founded in 1974, and since then has presented independent films from around the world. The Festival is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.
The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus. Named in honor of Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy, the Museum features significant collections including important southwest Native American textiles and jewelry, and a renowned contemporary print collection. This world-class institution brings to the University and the region a wide range of permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, educational programming, and special tours. The Kennedy Museum is an integral part of the educational, research, and public service missions of Ohio University.
Ohio Valley Summer Theater is a collaboration between the Southeastern Ohio community and Ohio University, providing theatrical productions for community enjoyment; education and training for students as they participate in productions; and performance and participation opportunities for university and community members.