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Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) is popularly known as the festival of "40 plays* in 4 days", but that's hardly enough time to preserve and share the fantastic stories of the African diaspora. Comprised of a diverse line-up of artists drawn from around the corner to around the globe, this annual event pays tribute to the most colorful tales of triumph and tragedy often with "laugh out loud" humor and salient humanity.

In just six short years the ABTF, has presented over 200 live events while providing opportunities for over 1,500 of the most prolific literary, visual and performing artists of our time.

Whether you're a fan of Tyler Perry, August Wilson or just a lover of world class black art, the amazing shows along with the international vendors' market and the authentic celebration of community will make this popular fall festival one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!

So don't just pick a play, pick a DAY (or all 4) and immerse yourself in a marathon of bold, exciting theatre. Get your "flash and go" access passes today and ENJOY!

***The schedule goes live June 15, 2018. Individual tickets will be available at that time. Prices range from $7 for Readings and $20-$25 for full-length performances. Note: "40 plays" includes special events.

There are three (3) passes available:


  • Admission for one to the Reader's Theatre Series of New Works

  • Admission for one to the Creative Connection (Panels, Workshops and Master Classes for Artists

  • Admission for one to all Special Events including the Gala Closing Performance and Celebrity Awards Ceremony

  • 50% off rush tickets for full-length performances (unsold tickets available between 5pm - 6pm) the day of the show


  • Everything included in the Gold Pass above

  • Bonus: Complimentary rush tickets for full-length performances (unsold tickets available between 5pm - 6pm) the day of the show


  • "Flash and Go" access for one to all performances, shows and events

  • No lines, no waiting admission

  • VIP reserved front row seating at all shows and events

  • Festival souvenir

  • Four (4) complimentary beverage tickets

  • Closing Champagne After-Party

Passes can be picked up during Festival Box Office hours. (Oct. 3-6, 2018; 11am - 2pm and 3pm - 6pm) and cannot be shared or transferred.


What is your late seating policy? Doors open 15 minutes prior to each show for VIP GUESTS and PRIORITY EXPRESS ticket holders immediately followed by General Admission. Doors close 15 minutes after start time and late seating is NOT permitted.

What about parking? Parking is plentiful and free. YES, FREE!

Are tickets available online? Yes. In fact, you can save more by purchasing your tickets online. You can either 1.PRINT your tickets at home or 2.PRESENT the bar code on your smart phone at the door. CAUTION: Duplicates will be voided.

Can I purchase tickets at the door? Yes, although the price is slightly higer. The Box Office is open for your convenience 11am -5pm daily during the festival. Please arrive at least one (1) hour before curtain so you can get through the line and get seated on time.

What methods of payments are accepted? We accept CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS only. Due to safety and security reasons, WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH.

Are discount tickets available? Yes! Group organizers please email us for special rates: atlbtf@yahoo.com We also have special rates for groups, seniors, students or veterans. The specialty rate is available on the ticket page and varies for each show.

Does the festival have a dress code? No, not really. Most people dress causal and comfortable. Some may step it up a bit in the evening. NOTE: Auditoriums are air conditioned/heated for the comfort of the majority — please dress according to your personal preference.

Do you have any dining suggestions? Dining is available at the BackStage Cafe on site. You can count on a delicious, yet light, southern fare. Some our café favorites include grilled wings, gourmet sandwiches, home-made potato salad, and artisan cheese platters. Vegetarian options are also available!

What about shopping? THE BEST! You can visit our popular International Vendor's Market for one-of-a-kind selections from our local artisans and vendors.

Is there a host hotel nearby? Yes! We have negotiated a discount rate with Holiday Inn Express & Suites East in Lithonia (approx. 15 mins from the venue). Please call 678-325-4830 to make your reservation. Mention group code: "Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Group"

What if I leave something in the theatre, where is the lost and found? Personal items found in the theatre are kept in Guest Relations. Please check there first.

What is your policy on the use of electronics? No — using devices with screens (and particularly ones that also make sounds) disrupts the cast and other patrons (they are very visible from the stage). We suggest you power off everything before entering the theatre. We reserve the right to dismiss anyone caught using an electronic recording device.

Social Media Exception: We absolutely hope that you tweet/share/text everyone you know after the performance to let them know what a wonderful time you had here!

Can you accommodate people with disabilities? Yes, we have wheelchair access for those who are in wheelchairs. Ask Guest Relations for assistance if needed.

What is your refund policy? All sales are NON-REFUNDABLE; however, tickets can be exchanged as credit for another show. Stop by the Box Office or Guest Relations for assistance. There is a $2 exchange fee.

What about smoking? Smoking is NOT allowed in the building including bathrooms, theatre, cafe, or lobby at any time. That includes e-cigarettes.

We are committed to providing a world-class experience for you and your guests — if you're dissatisfied for any reason, please notify the attendant at Guest Relations and we'll work with you to make your experience better.

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Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

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