The Rialto Center for the Arts is an acoustically splendid, 833-seat, state-of-the-art theater. It is situated in the historic Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta. The Rialto's seasonal series runs from early October through May and boasts an eclectic array of dance, music and theater performances and comedy shows. Tickets for all events can be ordered by phone, mail or fax, or by visiting the Rialto box office at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie Streets.
This National Historic Landmark was built in 1929 as a Shrine temple, but through most of its storied history, it has served as Atlanta's premier theatrical venue. The Fox Theater is a marvel of Middle Eastern Revival architecture that spans a full city block, it is one of the largest theatres built in America during the golden age of the movies. Today, the theatre maintains a steady schedule of Broadway shows, operas, symphonic performances and rock concerts. Tours are available, but the best way to experience the Fox Theatre is through the night in the town.
Variety Playhouse features live music seven nights a week, although the musical genre on any given night is anybody's guess. Alternative rock groups, jazz artists and folk singers are regularly showcased, with the club's bookings featuring upstart regional bands and big national names in about equal number. High-profile guests have included piano-based pop groups too. Renowned names like Natasha Bedingfield, Jakob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Carrie Rodriguez and others have graced this stage with their lively performances. A full bar with an enviable selection of local microbrews is also on hand.
This contemporary theater has been showcasing entertaining productions since 1983. The Horizon is known for presenting though-provoking works that are relevant to Southern audiences. The professional cast and crew employs much of the best talent working in Atlanta theater to produce an annual four-play main stage season. The theater also maintains a teen ensemble and a senior citizen ensemble. Ticket discounts are available to seniors and students for all but Saturday night performances.
State Farm Arena is the home stadium of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream. The state-of-the-art indoor venue is the pioneering Leed Certified NBA Arena in the world and host top tournaments and sporting events. It is also a popular venue for contemporary concerts by international musicians and artists. Be one among 21,000 visitors to experience top names like Madonna, Sarah McLachlan and Women of Faith.
Located near the Georgia Tech campus, this stadium is a popular college football venue. It can seat up to 55,000 passionate fans, and is a short distance from the Hank McCamish Pavilion. Even though horns, drums and music instruments are not allowed inside the stadium, the noise decibels reach alarming heights with the high energy on match nights.
Named after generous patrons Bill & Peg Balzer, the Balzer Theater is home to the vibrant performing group called Theatrical Outfit which has been entertaining audiences since the late 70's by bringing to life the works of some of best writers. Productions are selected based largely on how significantly they reflect elements of Southern history and culture, making them truly enriching events. The stage setup, seating arrangement, acoustics are lighting are all state-of-the-art to say the least, and a visit here is surely in order. Check website for a schedule of current productions and show times.
Located within the Arts and Humanities building of the Georgia State University, Florence Kopleff Recital Hall is a standing tribute to Florence Kopleff. Once a teacher at the university and a noted contralto vocalist, she was cited to be one of the greatest of her times. The hall usually plays host to various artists and musical legends who entice guests with their classic and timeless compositions. With great acoustics and performers in company, the hall is nothing short of amazing.
If you consider yourself to be a music lover, a visit to The Masquerade is a must. An electric underground music venue, The Masquerade hosts some of the most happening live music performances in the city. The likes of Green Day, Nirvana, Panic at the Disco have graced their stage in the past. Whether you are a fan of pop, jazz, rock, country, gospel, or R & B, there is something for every music lover here. Apart from hosting concerts, it can also be rented for private events. With a holding capacity of upto 1850 people, two fully-stocked bars, and excellent hospitality, this venue is one of the best places to throw a party in Atlanta.
The largest of the three stages located within The Masquerade, Heaven occupies the entire top level of the club. Together with Purgatory and Hell, this venue offers a diverse program of live music concerts throughout the year. From Blues bands and Rock acts to Jazz, there's something for everyone here. Check website for upcoming events and more.