Florida Performing Arts Centers & Theaters

Performing Arts Centers and Theaters can be found in many Florida cities. Big cities such as Orlando, Tampa, and Miami have huge Performing Arts Centers that host touring broadway shows, orchestras, professional musicians, and much more. Smaller cities often have theaters as well where there local production companies, dance troupes, and musicians put on shows. Florida is also home to tons of historic theaters, many of which have been around since the early 1900s.

Florida Listings

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts center in downtown Miami. It first opened in 2006, and has been a center for culture and arts in South Florida ever since.

Asolo Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre in Sarasota. It puts on up to 16 productions every year, giving both artists and audiences a place to call home.

The Big Arts Center is a center for both visual and performing arts on Sanibel Island. It puts on shows and exhibits to help local artists showcase their arts and audiences enjoy arts of all kinds.

The Bob Carr Theater was Orlando's premier performing arts center before the Dr. Phillips Center opened in 2014. It's a historic landmark, built in 1927 and hosting tons of iconic acts including Elvis Presley. The space is currently managed by the Dr. Phillips Center. It hosts many touring and local music, theatre, and dance acts in its 2,400+ seat venue.

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park is an intimate blackbox theatre in downtown Winter Park. It hosts tons of performing arts events throughout the year.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts venue in Fort Lauderdale. It houses a few theaters, the largest of which seats nearly 3,000 people. 

The Clermont Performing Arts Center is a venue with a 1,200 seat performance hall and a 250 seat black box theater. They host an impressive mainstage theater season in the performance hall and a wide variety of additional performances in the black box.

The Cocoa Village Playhouse opened as the Aladdin Theater in 1924 to show silent films. It reopened after renovations in 1989 as a venue for community theater performances. 

Coral Springs Center for the Arts is a theater that focuses on bringing arts of all kinds to people throughout the community. It has a theater for the performing arts as well as gallery spaces for the visual arts.

The Crest Theatre is a historic theater on the Old School Square in Delray Beach. It is the restored auditorium of the old 1925 Delray High School. It is a performance venue for touring Broadway shows, comedy specials, notable speakers, and musical performances.

The Daytona Playhouse is a small community theater in Daytona. It has been putting on plays and musicals to entertain audiences since 1946.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is a community theater that first opened its doors in 1947. It puts on several musicals each year plus other fun performances and a few shows from the children's theatre.

The Dixie Theater celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. It has been both a movie theater and a performing arts venue throughout its long history. In reopened after renovations in 1998 and has since served as a performance space and a rental space for private parties during the off-season.

The Dr. Phillips Center is the main center of performing arts in Central Florida. It is made up of several different venues that host all kinds of shows and events in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Most notably, touring Broadway shows perform here.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Eight O'Clock Theatre is a theatre in Largo, Florida. It is part of the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, which supports the arts in Largo and the sun coast.

The Historic Emma Parrish Theatre is a Titusville theatre that is owned by the Titusville Playhouse. It is renovated from a saloon and hotel that opened in 1905.

The Florida Children's Theater is a theater in Fort Lauderdale dedicated to giving children ages 4 to 18 a play to perform. Founded in 1952, the FLCT, as it is known, is the oldest documented children's theater in the state.

Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota's leading center of performing arts. It incorporates a campus of ten individual theatres that each bring the arts to the community.

The Florida Theatre is a beautiful historic theater in downtown Jacksonville. It has been a center for the arts and entertainment since its opening in 1927.

Francis Wilson Playhouse is a beautiful old theater that first opened in 1935. Each year it has a season of eight shows and musicals that each run for a few weeks.

The Garden Theatre was built as a single screen-cinema in Winter Garden in 1935. It reopened after restorations in 2008. It hosts plays, concerts, and even films every year.

The Gulfshore Playhouse is a small theatre in Naples where every seat is a good seat. It is a professional theatre that gives people an opportunity to work in show business while bringing the arts to a broad audience of supporters.

The Hippodrome is a cultural center in Gainesville. It puts on many mainstage theater shows as well as a classic film series and a gallery space for local artists.

The Historic Arcade Theatre is a restored movie theater first built in 1915. Today it is home to the Florida Repertory Theatre, and performances of plays and musicals are put on 6 days a week.

The IceHouse Theatre is a theatre in Mount Dora that first opened in 1948. It puts on many plays and musicals every season.

The Kaleidoscope Theatre is a small community theatre in Lynn Haven, Florida. It has been putting on shows for more than 40 years.

The Key West Theater is a historic theater in Key West. It is located in a building that was originally the 1st Baptist Church of Key West built in 1848. It has had many lives since then as a dance club and concert venue. Now it hosts music, comedy, and many additional local events.

Key West Theater

The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is in Melbourne. It is a support organization of Eastern Florida Florida State College.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is West Palm Beach's premier performing arts center. With 4 incredible venues, the Kravis Center hosts more than 800 events each year.

The Lakeside Playhouse is theatre in Sebring. It has been home to the Highlands Little Theatre since 1982.

The Lemon Bay Playhouse is a community theater in Englewood. It has been aiming to enrich the community through performing arts since 1987.

The Mad Cat Theatre does small Productions and they also let small artists and bands perform at the theatre. If you live near Miami Shores and you are a new band or artist looking for a venue to perform email them. 

The Mad Cow Theatre is a professional theater in downtown Orlando. Since its opening in 1997, it has been growing into a venue that supports and presents all kinds of musicals and plays.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is a performing arts venue in Jupiter. It is Florida's largest professional award-winning not-for-profit theatre.

The Manatee Performing Arts Center is a theater in Bradenton that opened in 1953. It provides the people of Manatee county with dance, music, and theater performances throughout the year.

The Manuel Artime Theater is a small theater in Miami that brings all kinds of performing arts to the people of South Florida.

Marina Civic Center is a large waterfront theater in downtown Panama City. It first opened in 1958 and was renovated in 1994.

The Martin Theatre first opened in Panama City 1936 as the "Ritz". The name was changed in the 1950s, and renovations in 1990 restored it to the fully functional theatre it is today. Catch many musical and theatrical performances here throughout the years.

The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is a large but intimate theatre on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

Perkins Block was a department store opened in 1890 with an opera house on the top floor. Today the opera house has been renovated and serves as a home for the performing arts in Monticello area.

The Moonlight Players Theater is a theater that opened in 1999 as a home for the The Moonlight Players. It was renovated from an old car shop.

The Ocala Civic Theatre is a community theatre located in the Appleton Cultural Center in Ocala. It is one of the largest community theatres in Florida. 

The Olympia Theater is Downtown Miami's Historic Performing Arts Center. It first opened in 1926 as a Mediterranean style silent movie palace.

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a theater that provides quality professional productions in partnership with UCF. It is recognized nationwide as an acclaimed theater. It puts on many Shakespeare plays as well as other shows throughout the year.

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Osceola Arts is the center for all things arts in Osceola county both in the performing arts and the visual arts. They offer art classes for people of all ages and showcase local art in their three gallery spaces. They also put on concerts and a fun filled theater season for patrons to experience all kinds of performing arts as well.

Osceola Center for the Arts

The Osceola Performing Arts Center hosts many events including corporate meetings, music concerts, and banquet dinners.

The Parker Playhouse is a 1,167 seat theater in Fort Lauderdale. It was one of the cities first performance venues, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Pensacola Little Theatre is a community theatre in Pensacola. It aims to create an enriching experience for both theatre audiences and artists.

The Polk Theatre was built in Lakeland in 1928 as a vaudeville and movie theatre. It underwent restorations in 1999 and is today a venue for performances and private events.

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is a performing arts venue in Ponte Vedra Beach. It is a relatively new space dedicated to giving artists a place to perform.

The Raymond James Theatre is a theatre run by the American Stage. It was built in St. Petersburg in 2009.

The Red Barn Theatre is a historic theater in Key West. It was built as a barn in 1829 and began a new life as a theatre in the 40s. Today it is still an important cultural landmark and puts on many plays and musicals each year.

The Ritz Theater and Museum is a performance and museum space in Jacksonville. Located in the historic African American community of La Villa, the Ritz aims to celebrate and preserve African American culture and art.

The Riverside Theatre is a theatre in Vero Beach. It hosts comedy shows, concerts, broadway shows and a popular lecture series.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a performing arts center in Clearwater. It has a few theaters as well as rental spaces that provide a home for all kinds of performing arts and entertainment.

The Saenger Theatre is a beautiful historic theatre in Pensacola. It was built in the Spanish Baroque/Rococo style in 1925, and has been dazzling audiences in all the years since.

The Sarasota Opera House opened in 1926 as a multi-purpose Mediterranean Revival style venue. It was purchased by the Sarasota Opera Company in 1979, and has been the home to their performances and many others ever since!

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre was first built in 1965 to celebrate St. Augustine's 400th year as the oldest permanent European settlement in the US. It is located in a 16-acre section of the Anastasia State Park and seats over 4,000 people.

The Stage Door Theatre is a two-stage theater that opened in 1993 in Margate. It was renovated from an old movie theater into a performing arts venue that puts on many shows throughout the year. 

The State Theatre is a historic theater in Eustis which first opened in 1916 to show motion pictures. Today it is owned by the Bay Street Players, who turned the old movie theater into a thriving performing arts venue in the 1970s.

The Straz Center, originally called the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, is Tampa Bay's leading center for the performing arts. It has multiple stages that host everything from touring Broadway shows to orchestras to dance shows.

The Sunrise Theatre is a theater located in historic downtown Fort Pierce. It hosts touring Broadway shows, musicians, comedians, dance companies, and many other kinds of performing arts.

Surfside Playhouse is a theater that opened in Cocoa Beach in 1963 as a home for the Surfside Players. Each year it puts on a season of 6 or more plays and musicals for the people of Cocoa Beach.

The Tampa Theatre is one of America's most elaborate movie palaces. It was built in 1926 featuring a romantic Mediterranean style so people could enjoy a beautiful environment while they watched the latest silent film. Today it is a not-for-profit foundation that hosts more than 600 events each year.

The Leaf Theatre is a small theater in Quincy's restored downtown historic district. Musical performances are put on here by The Quincy Music Theatre, which runs the theatre.

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach is a small beachside theatre. It produces 8 shows each season and has been entertaining the community since 1947.

The Lyric Theatre was built in Stuart in 1926 as a silent film theater. In 1987, after years of being bought and sold it got a restoration turning it into a beautiful center for the performing arts center. Further restorations in 2014 completed the transformation.

The Mahaffey Theater is a downtown St. Petersburg theater that first opened in 1965. It offers quality performances of all kinds in a location that offers easy access to many other Tampa Bay attractions.

The Naples Players is a community theatre in Naples. It has two small performance spaces, the Blackburn Hall and the Tobye Studio.

The Peabody Auditorium is a theater that first opened in Daytona Beach in 1949. Since then, it has hosted some of the worlds most influential musicians, amazing broadway shows, and world class orchestras.

The Ritz Ybor is Tampa Bay's premier special event and concert venue since 2006. Its location makes it a great place to enjoy a show in beautiful downtown Tampa.

Theatre West End is a professional theater company in Sanford, Florida. They aim to be a cultural center in Sanford by putting on a variety of different shows to bring the arts directly to locals.

Vam York Theater is a theater in Gainesville that has been housing the Gainesville Community Playhouse since 2006. The Gainesville Community Playhouse is one of the oldest community theater programs in the country, they produces their first play in 1927.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota holds concerts, musicals, and plays year-round. Touring acts will often stop to play at the Van Wezel. Seasonal packages are available or individual event tickets.

The Venice Theatre opened as the Venice Little Theatre in the 1950s. Today it is the largest community theatre per capita in the United States.

The Waterfront Playhouse is a small theater located in Key West's Mallory Square. It has been entertaining tourists and locals with performances of plays and musicals for over 75 years.

Waterfront Playhouse

The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center was first built in Sanford in 1923 as the Milane Theater. It has since been through many restorations and renames until its final restoration was completed in 2014.

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center

The Winter Park Playhouse is a professional musical theatre in Winter Park. It is a small intimate stage that hosts musicals and musical revues.