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Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Categories: Attraction, Theater, Music venue, Performing Arts

Features: Catering, Guided tours

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Food available: Yes

Parking: Garage

More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa's dazzling performing arts venue sits on nine acres on the east bank of Hillsborough River. The 330,000-square-foot complex contains five theaters offering one of the nation's best Broadway touring series, grand opera, concerts and a variety of events and performances.

The five individual theaters are Carol Morsani Hall (2,610 seats), Ferguson Hall (1,042 seats), the Jaeb Theater (268 seats), the TECO Energy Foundation Theater (250 seats) and the Shimberg Playhouse (130 seats).

You can dine before the performance on site at Maestro's Restaurant (buffett, upstairs from the Jaeb Theater; opened for Broadway series, opera and selected events), Maestro's Cafe (in Carol Morsani Hall lobby) or Maestro's On The River (near the fountains). The restaurant also offers late night dining (menu service) on Friday and Saturday post-show for selected performances.

Educational/work facilities include the 45,000-foot Patel Conservatory, featuring 20 studios, including two dance studios with sprung floors, a sound/lighting laboratory, technical theater workshop, rehearsal hall, costume shop and media arts/TV studio. 

The venues are available for performance related events, including concerts, lectures, meetings, recitals, plays, graduations and pageants.

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1987, was renamed for philanthropist David A. Straz Jr. in November 2009.

Events at Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven and Rachmaninoff
Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00pm

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
Friday, May 19, 2017 8:00pm
Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Symphonie Fantastique
Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Florida Orchestra Pops: Singin’ and Swingin’: A Century of Ella
Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00pm

Florida Orchestra Pops: The American Songbook: Then and Now
Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00pm
Sandi Sylver
Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:00am

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Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Downtown Tampa