frequently asked questions

Is there a host hotel?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Atlanta East
7846 Stonecrest Square
Lithonia, G/A 30038

Rate: $82 King; $85 Double (plus tax, occupancy fee) 

Discount Code: Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 

Deadline:  Sept. 12, 2018 PLEASE BOOK EARLY...THEY SELL OUT FAST!  (The hotel has asked that you reserve your room only when you are sure of your hotel selection. They do reach capacity and have had to turn ABTF guests away.  Thank you!)

Amenities:  All guest rooms  are over sized with a pull out sofa, microwave and refrigerator. Enjoy the Simply Smart complimentary breakfast with world famous cinnamon rolls. The Holiday Inn is Express & Suites is located near the Mall at Stonecrest with five anchor stores and a variety of restaurants.

Transportation: Accessible most conveniently by car or rideshare services like Uber or Lyft. The festival does NOT provide shuttle transportation to/from this hotel.

Parking: FREE Self-parking 


Where is the festival and how do I get there?

Venue: All events, unless specified otherwise, take place under one roof at the magnificent:

Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center

(seven short miles from Atlanta)

3181 Rainbow Dr.

Decatur, GA 30034

Dates: October 3-6, 2018

Parking: Parking is FREE!

Public Transportation: MARTA Rail has a station in Decatur with transfers to bus lines available.  Please check with for scheduling information.

Ride Share Services: Uber and Lyft care services are popular in Atlanta. Uber is also offering a discount off your first ride if you use the promo code "wuj5s"  You can download the app on your smart phone at Google Play or Apple.  

ADA Compliant: The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center is fully accessible. Please let the host know if you need additional assistance upon arrival. We'll be happy to accommodate you. 

Is onsite dining available?

Absolutely! The Backstage Cafe is open from 11am -10pm daily.  We offer a delicious selection of light southern fare including gourmet sandwiches, grilled wings, juicy turkey burgers, 100% beef hot dogs, and delightful vegetarian options! Candy, chips and soft drinks are available as well.  

How do I purchase tickets or passes?


Individual tickets and multi-access passes are available 24/7 online. You can avoid lines, take advantage of special discounts, and avoid extra box office fees if you purchase your tickets online. The schedule will be available after June 15th.


The Box Office is available for your convenience. We accept CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ONLY. Due to safety and security reasons, WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH. Box Office surcharges will apply.



Wed. Oct. 3 - Sat. Oct. 6

11am - 5pm


Multi-access passes are available NOW for those who want to immerse themselves in the full marathon experience without the long lines and while enjoying "flash and go" admission, priority express seating with VIP perks and more!

What group or specialty discounts are available?

Thinking about organizing a group? Click "Find Out More" and let us help plan your visit. 

We also have special rates for seniors, students and veterans for selected shows. Check the show ticket page for more information. 

Are events family friendly?

Most early daytime events are suitable for general audiences. We provide a suitability guide on each performance page so you can gauge based on your personal preference.   

What is your policy on late seating?

Doors open 15 minutes prior to each show for VIP GUESTS and PRIORITY EXPRESS ticket holders immediately followed by General Admission. Doors close 5 minutes after start time. Late seating is NOT permitted in the Black Box (sorry, no exceptions). 

Do you 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. 

What is your refund policy?

All sales are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, tickets can be exchanged and/or credited towards another show. Stop by the Box Office or Guest Relations for assistance. There is a $2 exchange fee. 

How can I become a volunteer?

We'd love to have you! In fact, we can't do this without people like you. Our Ambassador team offers the perfect opportunity to meet fun loving art advocated just like YOU! 

We'll also give you two complimentary tickets for every four hour shift you serve. All you have to do is join us for a training/orientation session and you're all set!  Click to REGISTER

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