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Mahaffey Theater

400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater is a 2,031 seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating. Just steps away from the culturally vibrant Downtown and minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-famous museums, the Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, family, and the renowned Florida Orchestra. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

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Lithia, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I have been to several concerts here and love it! The acoustics are awesome and not a bad seat in the house. Prices for concerts are reasonable and the variety of artists are nice too! Only down fall, no place to eat inside. You can walk to many restaurants from the theater.

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Tampa, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We recently went to the Mahaffey for a Halestorm concert and were so impressed! The entrace was elegant, the customer service impeccable, and the acoustics fantastic. There is no bad seat in the house, and the intimacy of the experience is quite remarkable. We had comfortable seats, and enjoyed the show with delicious beverages at reasonable prices. Even the restrooms... More

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Largo, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I love this setting, inside and out. Great location and walking distance to hotel, restaurants, shopping, waterfront and Dali Museum of course and great parking. Newly remodeled and good acoustics - in which I enjoy Florida Orchestra, concerts and shows. A true gem in St. Pete.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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125 reviews 125 reviews
12 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great location - scenic water views and close to museums, parks, shops, and excellent and diverse dining. Medium size theater. Seating is comfortable, adequate spacing and provide good views. Parking is on property and very convenient. Majority of staff is friendly and helpful, although a few lack appropriate skills. One staff member provided inappropriate, sarcastic comments when assisting with seating.... More

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Treasure Island, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I've visited the Mahaffey several times for concerts - primarily the FL Orchestra when they are performing contemporary music such as the Stones, Eagles, Beatles, etc. I recently watched them perform with the Mambo Kings. The venue is excellent, acoustics are great and the entire staff is friendly. We can even pre-order intermission refreshments to avoid waiting in line. A... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I like the garage parking because it makes an easier experience for handicapped individuals. The theater itself is well designed and, in my opinion, not any subpar seating anywhere in the building. Large picture windows open out to a fantastic view of Tampa Bay.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Went to see Chris Isaak at the Mahaffey for Xmas, 2013. Sat up pretty high, but still had a good view. As a special bonus, a cross dresser and his wife sat directly in front of us, and they brought her elderly parents. What a hoot! St Pete is a changin'!!

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Odessa, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Went to see Steve Martin and Martin Short. Really surprised at how nice the seating was. Easy to get to, lots of good seats for viewing. Sound was good, nice setting. Of course the show was great too. Drinks were a little steep but that's to be expected I guess. I would definitely return to this theater.

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st. petersburg, fl
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This ciyt-owned theater, decades old, was thoroughly renovated and a modern sound system installed few years ago. It's quite nice on the inside, and the lobby has a massive, floor-to-ceiling wall of glass overlooking Tampa Bay. Excellent sight lines in the theater, as there are no pillars. I've attended musicals, tribute-band concerts and a fab Tony Bennett show in which,... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Mahaffey Theater has a constant stream of renowned performers of all types and regularly features the magnificent Florida Orchestra. It has everything from Opera and Symphonies to rock 'n roll and big names from the past.

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