This Midtown dinner theater provides good food and great Shakespearean entertainment. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, that manages The New American Shakespeare Tavern, was the first American company to perform at London's Globe Theatre. A traditional English pub meal is offered during the hour before the show. A full bar features Harp, Bass and Guinness, as well as a few wines. Seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Call for performance schedule.
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.
In the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center is one of the largest exhibition facility in the United States, and host to a myriad of conventions, trade shows and corporate events each year. The multi-purpose facility hosted sporting events during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, when it also served as the International Broadcast Center. The building features around 3.9 million square feet (360,000 square meters) of exhibit space, as well as 105 meeting rooms, a 33,000-square foot (3065-square meter) ballroom, and a 1726-seat auditorium.
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.
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.
Treat yourself to theatrical drama at the Theatrical Outfit if you are a performing arts lover. The theater is well-equipped with light and acoustic facilities as well as has a decent seating space. Besides shows, they also offer theater education for aspiring actors. Patrons praise the theater for the wonderful performances always delivered.
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.
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.
Located within the Georgia State University, Cinefest Film Theatre is a student-run facility. This uncommon little cinema shows good movies that, due to small budgets or a lack of promotional backing, often don't make it to the bigger theaters but still deserve to be seen. For the bargain price of USD3 before 5p and USD5 afterwards, what do you have to lose? Show times vary and movies change monthly. Call ahead to get the schedule of screenings.