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“Variety Playhouse”
Review of Variety Playhouse

Variety Playhouse
Ranked #43 of 307 things to do in Atlanta
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Just recently visited after the remodel and it's beautiful! This would be a great place for receptions and weddings. I attended a concert and just like before the remodel, they are still anal with stepping over the lines marked on the ground. I get not standing in the aisle but when dancing sometimes we might go over a bit. No big deal, just annoying.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Lots to say here. 2nd trip since remodel but first for GA show.
Parking behind the venue - We were meeting friends from out of town in the back lot. We arrived at 2:00 to walk around Little Five, eat etc and paid the $7 at the self pay box & our ticket said it was good THROUGH 6:00 AM. Good, way past the end of the concert time. Our friends came about 10 minutes later and the guy walking around asked them if they were staying for the "event' and if so, it would be $7 for the afternoon and an additional $7 for the event. Have parked in this lot probably 10 times before through the years and not had to pay for an afternoon charge and then an event charge...maybe it has changed but it seems a little suspect. We paid $7, our friends paid $14.

Sound was great, show was great! We had seen TT at GA Theater (Athens), KC (Uptown theater), & (Birmingham) at Iron City. Our group felt the sound at VP was the best. Some of us were on the floor and some in the front row seats right above the pit. The ones in the front row of seats said it would have been a better view up a couple more rows. That front row is only about 2 feet above the pit. Still a good view.
Someone had warned us outside while we were in line about the pit and the "frat" boys. We have been to a lot of shows, and usually like to get in front on the floor. There always is one or two people who try and push in front and are general jerks, getting in front of those who got inline early to have that great spot. There was a couple who did just that, they were rude with their phones up in people faces taking video who they cut in front of. One older person who the cutter was right in his face said something to the guy. Some shoving took place and security came over to help out. They were going to kick out both the guy who was standing in the front the entire night and the jerk who came up really late and was obnoxious. So glad they listened to the people around who saw exactly what happened and one guy was able to stay. THANK YOU SECURITY for taking into consideration what everyone around knew took place, despite what some other people who had tried to push up front said.
Also - people outside were right about the crowd down there. Crowding is the norm on the floor but it was crazy down there in front.

Our friends from out of town asked the guy at the door as we were exiting (he's really nice & have dealt with him before asking for a poster) for ONE of the 4 posters in the front glass. (We had been told before at the box office, just ask night of the show and if there is one, not a problem.) He said he was not sure, we'd have to ask the manager - who just happened to be standing right there. The manager said We don't have the keys & the person who does won't be here until (I thought he said) tomorrow. I said well my son lives just a couple of blocks from here, can I call and maybe we pick one up? He said well she usually comes in and just throws them away.
So without coming right out and saying it the answer is no you cannot, we'd rather throw them away then give them to a person at the show who would REALLY appreciate one. :( :(

Thank identicaltwin
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Parking (for fee) behind theater...park elsewhere so you do not get stuck in after show traffic. Use a parking app to reserve a space.
Center seats on both levels are cushioned/mounted to floor; side sections are folding chairs.
There are bathrooms and bar on second floor...if there's a line go up!

Thank CF5mith
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

Good concert hall. I was surprised to see seating for us older folk!!!! Comfortable seating at that!!!!
There really isn't a bad seat in the house. For those that like to be up by the stage, there is plenty of room for that. The seating is elevated from the pit so that the people by the stage, aren't blocking your view! There is an adequate sound system, and good concert lighting. This was our first trip to Atl., and the Variety Playhouse, but for the right show... I would come back!!!!
We didn't drink so I cannot help with the price or selection of beverages, but I can say they have both alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages....
My biggest tip for first timers............... Pay close attention to your parking meter, if parking close by! They stop checking meters at 10pm...... but don't make the mistake of thinking you can slide for 25 minutes! I had a nice $35 birthday surprise waiting on me when our show was over!
That is no fault of the theater however!!!
Great concert hall if your thinking of attending!

Thank Roger D
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

We saw Echo and the Bunnymen at the newly renovated Variety Playhouse...they did such a great job! Nice clean bathrooms, and a wonderful bar area with a good view of the stage. Sound was pretty good too!

Thank bonjourblabla
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