Porter Sanford III

Performing Arts & Community Center

Bringing a diverse range of programming to the Southern DeKalb County community, the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center is a state-of-the art, 500 seat theater located in the historic Candler Road district. Boasting 40,000 square feet of space, this Center also includes a two-story lobby that serves as a separate event space complete with concessions areas. We have a fabulous and elegant auditorium/theater with control room, lighting, sound, and acoustical wall treatments. Also included is a separate Black Box theater with curtained walls and hardwood floors to accommodate various types of events and performances, plus a multi-purpose community room, classrooms, administrative offices and dressing rooms are wonderful additions to our center and can be used for a wide variety of purposes, such as parties, fundraisers, ceremonies and wedding receptions.

Our goal is to ensure that your organization has a positive and productive experience with this outstanding municipal facility. DeKalb has invested more than 17 million dollars to construct the most advanced performing arts theater in the history of our county. The Center is equipped with digital audio and lighting equipment throughout the entire facility and can accommodate a variety of performances including musicals, plays, ballets, weddings, and concerts.

Upcoming Events

Event Schedule

  • Date
  • Event
  • Description
    • Date
      June 13, 2018
      9:30 am
    • Event
      Entertainment Renaissance
    • Description
      RenaissanceInitiative Commissioner Larry Johnson has been working in for the past 20 years in DeKalb County to link, leverage and empower constituents of all ages to reach their dreams. It has been his vision to put in the reach of every citizen resources to attain the heights of success in whatever field they aspire to.
    • Date
      June 16, 2018
      8:30 am
    • Event
      Juneteenth Celebration
    • Description
      The NAACP Dekalb County Branch, in partnership with the I AM A FATHER 5K, will celebrate its 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, 16 June 2018.
    • Date
      June 23, 2018
      8:00 pm
    • Event
      Lyrics and Linen
    • Description
      Incorporated present Lyrics and Linen 5 - An outdoor concert event, on Saturday, June 23rd at 7pm on the lawn of the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034.
    • Date
      October 27, 2018
      6:30 pm
    • Event
      Flappers and Dappers
    • Description
      The event will raise funds to support theatre arts and STEM programs for the Decatur Community. The Board Members envision this fundraiser as a way to give the thriving Decatur community of young, talented artists an programs required to nurture their talents at our facility.


Our Reviews

  • “Very nice Performing Arts Center! I come here for multiple occasions along with my studio for upcoming rehearsals or performances. Great Venue!!” - Christian

  • “Outstanding performance by Kenny Lattimore, Jukebox, Sasha The Diva and More. Can’t wait for the upcoming events coming real soon! Did I mention parking is FREE. Great venue selection and convenient.” - Candi
  • “This facility is amazing. This was my first visit definitely won’t be my last visit.” - Rodney
  • “Excellent. Went to see a play at the Theatre festival. Really enjoyed it. Lovely facility.” - Sandra
  • “I’ve acted in shows here and participated in networking events. This location is s treasured community staple.” - Jessica

Visit our venue!


3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA 30034

Common Questions

How can I get to the venue?

From I-20 W, Take Exit 65 GA-155 Candler Road,
Left on Candler from 1-20 W (right from 1-20 E),
Left on Rainbow Dr, venue .7 miles on the right.

Do you do weddings?

Porter Sanford is the ideal setting for weddings,
and receptions, offering a truly unique ceremony
and a wonderful experience for all of your guests!

Is the theater comfortable and how are the acoustics?

We have terrific acoustics and the theater
is comfortable and spacious. Every seat is a
good one and we know you’ll enjoy your time here!

Can I get updates on up-and-coming-shows?

Absolutely! We promote all shows and events on
our Facebook page.  Get updates, see photos,
and keep informed.  LIKE US.