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Plaza Theatre damage moves some Atlanta Film Festival events

How's this for dramatic timing: right before Atlanta's Plaza Theatre was due to host the Atlanta Film Festival, damage caused during a previous private party is forcing a few last-minute changes.

The theater didn't spell out a lot of details, saying only  that "damage caused by a third party during a private event rental on March 18" was to blame. No one was hurt, but the impact is clear. The downstairs auditorium is fine but some screenings, planned for upstairs will have to move.

They're not moving far, just across the street to Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. And "there are no plans to cancel any of the ATLFF events," the theater said.

"We sincerely regret the timing of the incident and repairs," theater owner Michael Furlinger said in a statement. "As long-term partners of the Atlanta Film Society and the proud home of many Atlanta Film Festival screenings, 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 Atlanta Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through April 2. See for details.

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