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Mahaffey Theater

Address: 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone Number: 727-892-5746
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Ranked #12 of 97 Activities in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress Energy Center for the...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have seen several shows here, most recently in September and December 2014. It's in a beautiful location. It is walker-friendly if you've been in the downtown area [or wish to be] before or after events. I've never had a bad seat in this theater and the acoustics are quite good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This weekend we Went to our first show since moving to the area. Saw the Nutcracker Ballet. The Mahaffey is beautiful and the staff was extremely friendly. Am looking forward to attending more events here in the future.

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St Pete FL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have seen many shows, theater shows, comedy shows, concerts in the past etc at this venue however this time we were told that now at the mahaffey you are not suppose to stand at any concerts there. Too bad as I have many good memories of bands I can't image not being able to dance to. At the Kool... More 

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Milford, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Of all places, the Cincinnati Pops is touring Florida and their first stop was St. Petersburh's Mahaffey Theater. Excellent acoustics, great lighting, easy steps to and from your seat, and the staff was exceptionally helpful.

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Moncton, Canada
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149 reviews 149 reviews
21 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Truly enjoyed to see Kenny Rogers at this location. The staff was helpful and well numbered. The seating is well laid out. The seats were comfortable - a bit more legroom would be preferred. Overall, I would come back anytime.

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Lithia, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
12 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 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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