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Atlanta Film Festival Announces Location Changes of Select Film Screenings, Damage at the Plaza


The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) has announced changes to the location of a select number of 2017 film screenings that are set to take place during the 41st annual festival from Friday, March 24, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The festival’s primary screening venue, the Plaza Theatre (the Plaza), announced today that damage caused by a third party during a private event rental on Saturday, March 18, 2017, has forced the theatre to close temporarily. The repairs to the upstairs auditorium will overlap with the 2017 film festival, and screenings previously set to take place in that auditorium have moved to an alternate, nearby location. There are no plans to change the location or timing of screenings previously set to take place in the Plaza’s downstairs (main) auditorium nor cancel any ATLFF events.

The ten-day festival will feature more than 160 feature-length and short-film presentations, as well as other fest highlights including 40 Creative Conferences and more than a dozen Special Presentations. The Plaza has been the primary screening location and host to Opening and Closing Night Presentations for the past five years. The theatre is one of more than a dozen previously announced host venues at the 2017 festival. Other previously announced locations where events will continue as planned include but are not limited to: 7 Stages Theater, Dad’s Garage, 787 Windsor, Paris on Ponce and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

The majority of the screenings previously scheduled to take place in the Plaza’s upstairs auditorium will now be held at the Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, located directly across the street from the Plaza at 1026 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Additional information on revised screening locations will be updated as they are confirmed on the festival’s website:

“In our more than four decades of annual festivals, ATLFF has always placed an emphasis on holding events at places unique to Atlanta that highlight the vibrant and robust film and arts community of the city. We are lucky to have the support of this community, which has allowed us to become the longest-running film festival in the state of Georgia. We are grateful to Druid Hills Presbyterian Church and the Plaza for their quick actions to accommodate the displaced events that will ensure a successful 2017 festival,” said ATLFF Executive Director Christopher Escobar.

Escobar continued, “Druid Hills Presbyterian Church has been incredibly flexible in opening their doors to us with such gracious hospitality and generosity. They have not been able to review the content we are set to screen there. The film programming is a representation of ATLFF, not Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.”

Michael Furlinger, owner of the Plaza Theatre, said, “As long-term partners of the Atlanta Film Society and the proud home of many Atlanta Film Festival screenings, we sincerely regret that the timing of the incident and repairs. We look forward to hosting the previously scheduled events in our downstairs auditorium this year and will return to hosting the festival in our full capacity in 2018.”

The Opening Night Presentation of the 2017 ATLFF will kick off as planned on Friday, March 24, 2017, with a red carpet screening of ‘cult classic in the making’ DAVE MADE A MAZE. Filmmaker Bill Watterson, John Charles Meyer and John Chuldenko, and actress Meera Rohit Kumbhani are expected to attend.

The Atlanta Film Festival is the annual centerpiece of educational and enriching film programing that is provided year-round by parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society. For a full lineup of films, or to purchase passes or individual event tickets, please visit


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