Atlanta is home to a number of thriving entertainment options for senior citizens. From museums, arts and culture to specialized neighborhood services and discounted senior rates for some attractions, Atlanta has something for seniors with all different interests. For those who prefer to soak up their surroundings rather than embark on organized activities, there are plenty of open spaces and historical places of interest for seniors to enjoy as well.
Arts and Culture
Atlanta is home to the High Museum of Art, which hosts many permanent and temporary art exhibitions, and seniors pay a reduced entry. The Atlanta History Center also displays a number of artworks and sometimes hosts temporary exhibitions. As well as art, the Atlanta History Center is home to artifacts relating to the history of Atlanta and the region and historic properties with the purpose of explaining the lives of people in Atlanta in history. One of these properties is Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote Gone With The Wind. Seniors pay a reduced entry fee to access the Atlanta History Center.
Seats for Seniors
Seats for Seniors has been operating in 21 cities in the United States and Canada since 1994 and Atlanta is one of the participating cities. Seats for Seniors is a partnership between the City of Atlanta and Ticketmaster to distribute free tickets to events for seniors who contribute something positive to their local community. Tickets for a range of events, from theatre and entertainment to sports, are handed out to senior citizens via Seats for Seniors.
Senior Citizen Services
Seniors also have the choice to go to locally-run neighborhood senior centers across Atlanta. The centers put on all manner of activities for senior citizens in which to get involved. Activities include creative crafts and ceramic classes, sewing projects and fitness classes. The centers also organize day trips and overnight excursions that range from shopping trips to visits to the beach. Additionally, the centers offer more practical activities for seniors, including computer classes, nutrition and well-being programs.
The Plaza Theater is Atlanta’s “longest continuously-operating independent theater”. The theater opened in 1939 and going to watch a movie there is more than just going to see a film. Full of original and restored furniture such as the crystal chandeliers, ticket booth and concession stand, and peppered with classic film posters, the Plaza offers a slice of Atlanta’s history. Seniors are offered a reduced rate entry from Mondays to Thursdays and can get another dollar discounted for paying in cash. The Plaza shows all the latest movie releases as well as some older classical films on occasion.