Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Opens in Orlando

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Orlando's quest for an epic standing ovation finally has its day. No longer will Central Florida be upstaged when it comes to performing arts with the grand opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

Taking on the characteristics of its home city, the Dr. Phillips Center is where imagination and innovation have come together to provide a brand new, world-class entertainment venue beyond the wildest dreams of visitors and residents, alike.

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Bask in the sights and sounds of creativity with a residential twist from the moment you step through the "front porch" and get your first glimpse of the grand staircase. No matter what you're looking for in live entertainment, everyone will find what they want in Orlando's new flagship home for performing arts.

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Dr. Phillips Center CEO and President Kathy Ramsberger says "We offer all kinds of music, a Broadway series, great jazz, fantastic comedy and great family and children programs. Our goal is to make sure that the Dr. Phillips Center has something for everybody."

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The largest theater is the 2,700 seat Walt Disney Theater offering clean sight lines and pitch-perfect acoustic all in a stunning tired seating venue. From the front row to the upper balcony, there is not a bad seat in this house.

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The most innovative space is the multipurpose 300 seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater which offers an intimate, in the round experience using multiple seating and stage configurations. The orchestra level can be transformed from audience seating to a performance stage to a functional space for private events.

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Outside on the "front lawn" is the Seneff Arts Plaza where the Dr. Phillips Center will host a variety of outdoor performances and events designed to bring together people seeking all types of arts and culture.

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The Dr. Phillips Center makes it easy for visitors to mix and mingle before, in-between and even after performances. In the DeVos Family Room visitors can take in spectacular views of the Orlando city skyline while enjoying a drink from one of the 13 cocktail bars located around the facility.

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See more photos from the opening day in our exclusive photo album. 

There are dozens of show-stopping theater performances just waiting to be discovered in all of Orlando's performing arts venues. It's all part of the arts, history and culture that can be experienced every day in Orlando. 

When planning your visit to Orlando, find theme park events, sporting events, festivals, live performances and parades with Visit Orlando's Calendar of Events.


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