Whether you’re looking to see local community theater productions, an art house film, an independent movie, or a national touring act, Alpharetta, Georgia, has the perfect spots. Given its proximity to Atlanta — less than a half hour away — there’s even more to see nearby. Our Crème de la Crème staff invites you to explore seven awesome theaters around Alpharetta.
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
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You can see a production by the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre for the best in local ballet at 875 N. Main St., Suite 354. The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre is focused on training young dancers in the art of classical ballet. By learning classical ballet, the dancers know the values of commitment, integrity, hard work, respect, discipline, trust, passion, and excellence. They then showcase what they’ve learned in local ballet performances that you can enjoy.
ACT1 Theater is an all-volunteer community theater troupe serving the community at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church at 180 Academy St. The productions are open to all, with most offering free admission through sponsorship from the City of Alpharetta Division of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services.
At one of their upcoming performances, you can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” being performed as part of Shakespeare Under the Stars. This community theater has been running for over 25 years and shows no sign of slowing down, so catch a performance right in your neighborhood soon.
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Head to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at 2200 Encore Parkway to see national touring acts and concerts by the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The amphitheater is an architectural marvel with an unusual fan-shaped roof consisting of a steel-framed structural system draped with a translucent cloth-like material. This setup lends a feeling of being close to nature during a performance while still protected from the elements.
You can see such upcoming performances as “Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hank Williams Jr. with Old Crow Medicine Show, and Darius Rucker. Some of their past shows have included The Counting Crows, Kenny Loggins, Godsmack, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, and many more. Head out to see world-class performances close to home at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.
Off-Broadway Children’s Theatre
For performances by young stars, check out a performance of the Off-Broadway Children’s Theatre, located at 12315 Crabapple Road, Suite 122. Their mission is to connect children with their passion for theater and, through classes and productions, help children explore their creativity with dance, acting, and singing.
Staging such productions as “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and “Finding Nemo Jr.,” they have different troupes for children of different ages. The junior troupe is for children ages 8 to 12, and the senior troupe is for older children ages 11 to 15. Classes and performances include children up to age 17, allowing everyone the opportunity to learn, grow, and perform.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
For local theater and musicals, catch a performance by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. They present award-winning theater productions year-round and offer first-class educational opportunities for those who wish to learn how to act and play other behind-the-scenes roles in putting on performances. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre has been performing for audiences since 1992.
For their 2023-2024 season, the productions will be moving to the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, located at 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE in Marietta, Georgia, a 606-seat theater with comfortable, stadium-style seating, and a fully equipped stage. The three scheduled programs will offer three previews and 10 performances in each program, with the titles to be announced in May 2023.
City Springs is a great place to see various performances, including comedy, classical music, musicals, dance, and much more. You can visit City Springs at 1 Galambos Way in Sandy Springs. Some of their recent and upcoming performances include “Lyrics and Laughs,” a Roswell Dance Theatre performance of “Mary Poppins,” “Menopause the Musical,” Better Than Ezra, and The Black Jacket Symphony. They also provide opportunities for children to experience the arts.
You can make seeing a show at City Springs a complete experience by having lunch, dinner, drinks, or coffee at one of their on-site restaurants. You might choose CityBar, which serves lunch and is open on show nights. Or you can check out The Select, inspired by Paris’ famed Le Select, a chic 1920s brasserie. The Select serves a seasonally inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Stop into Cafe Vendome for relaxed elegance and handmade traditional French pastries and breads as well as delicious quiches, sandwiches, and coffee.
For authentic Vietnamese food, check out Nam Kitchen, offering a traditional Vietnamese menu made with recipes from the executive chef Thuy Bich’s mother. They also have a full-service bar featuring craft cocktails.
City Springs also hosts the Sandy Springs Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The City Springs season runs from April through November.
The Red Phoenix Theatre Company
See a show at The Red Phoenix Theatre Company at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road for student-led theater performances. This company trains local students in all aspects of theater production and then puts on plays and musicals that showcase their skills. These high-quality performances feature students who love theater and are serious about their future in the arts. Come out for a night of fun and support budding young artists.
Shows offered at the Red Phoenix include “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “Finding Nemo Jr.,” and “Catch Me If You Can.” Past performances have included “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Newsies,” “Mamma Mia,” “Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray,” and “Sweeney Todd School Edition.” They also offer acting, musical, and dance classes as well as private lessons.
Our team at Crème de la Crème of Alpharetta hopes this list gives you a starting point to explore some local theaters close to home. They offer various performances you can enjoy for an evening with the whole family or a date night with your significant other. Order tickets to a show or two, then start planning a night out on the town in Alpharetta to enjoy the arts.