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November 7, 2014

Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center Prepares for Grand Opening




On November 15, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is set to formally open in Orlando, FL. The new $500 million cultural venue sits on a nine-acre site, over two blocks in the middle of the city, and has an open concept design that minimizes walls in favor of open space. 
 
Currently, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the outdoor Seneff Arts Plaza, the School of the Arts and other ancillary spaces have been completed, all with an emphasis on technology and sound.

Event Spaces

Event spaces include The DeVos Family Room (capacity 400), the Della Grand Lobby - Tier 1, and the Kessler Lobby - Tier 5. 

The  Seneff Arts Plaza is an outdoor piazza that will provide pedestrian-friendly walkways, a gathering space, and an outdoor venue for organized events.

Acoustical Theater (seats approximately 1,700) – To be completed during Stage 2 of construction, this intimate theater will transform in shape and acoustics to accommodate symphony, opera, theater and ballet 


The Walt Disney Theater

The Walt Disney Theater (seats approximately 2,700) is an amplified theater that will be geared for Broadway-style productions, concerts and traveling shows. 

The Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater (seats approximately 300) – This multi-purpose room is ideal for theater, dance and music and education. The intimate space has a horseshoe configuration with a thrust stage, unlike the square black box typical of other smaller theaters. The orchestra level seating can transform to a flat floor for performance, banquets and events 


Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Annually, an estimated 7 million tourists visit Florida’s cultural facilities or attend cultural events as a primary activity, spending an average of $4.5 billion. Of the 30 largest metropolitan markets in the U.S., Orlando is the only major city without a signature performing arts facility. The Center makes Orlando a viable competitor to attract national touring shows, not to mention accommodate local arts groups that currently compete for available space.


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