After six years of making Atlanta audiences laugh, Relapse Theatre, known as “Atlanta’s Home for Improv,” has closed its doors. The Midtown venue’s website reads, “Relapse Theatre is now closed. Thank you for all the years of love, support, and laughs. Keep an eye out, Atlanta. The spirit lives on.…”
The move has forced comedy groups such as Cineprov!, which performed at Relapse for five years, to cancel all remaining shows and look for new venues. It is unknown at this writing whether the various improvisational comedy classes and workshops that were taught at Relapse have been canceled as well.
The closing comes three years after the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Relapse founder Bob Wood had purchased the theater’s building from Inman Park Properties for more than $2.8 million to prevent foreclosure on the property and save the comedy club from eviction.
During its six-year run, Relapse Theatre has served as home to more than a dozen independent comedy groups. It has consistently appeared on lists of Atlanta’s best comedy clubs, and in August Creative Loafing named it one of “Atlanta’s top four comedy clubs.”