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Mahaffey Theater

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Address: 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone Number: 727-892-5746
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Description: Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress...
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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The MahaffeyTheater- Hidden Jewel in St Pete, FL

The Mahaffey Theater near downtown St Petersburg is a beautiful venue for all kinds of performances right on the waterfront with floor to ceiling windows in the two story lobby... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Mahaffey Theater near downtown St Petersburg is a beautiful venue for all kinds of performances right on the waterfront with floor to ceiling windows in the two story lobby. The audience sits in front of the stage in a semi-circle so each person can see the stage and the acoustics are pretty good. I go there often to listen... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Saw a concert recently, was up close and personal but quite loud! The audience got a bit rowdy and noisy (a little out of control if you ask me) but I don't know if you can fault the venue. They are there to make sure you have a good experience but I think they could do a better job of... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Mahaffey Theater is a beautiful venue. Ever since Bill Edwards took over it seemed to gain class. I will be back

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing right by the water love the staff i been to a couple shows here love it saw the titantic experience here to nice place I will always be a fan of the this theater

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The Mahaffey was an outstanding venue for Comedy. Great seating. Billy Gardell was the funniest comic I've ever seen live! I never stopped laughing. His warm up act was also great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Saw Sweeney Todd here. What a lovely old world venue. It is intimate and opulant without being overwhelming. It reminds of the theaters that you find in New York. People always expect these large auditoriums, but that's not the way it is. The venue is focused on sound quality and sightlines for the audience. This attention to detail is appreciated.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Great show and nice venue !!!! Always look forward to visit this place in beautiful st Petersburg Florida

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Fantastic theater to watch a show, good size, but still feels intimate, also a wonderful place to host a special event such as a wedding. The staff there is great and the atmosphere is top notch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The seats were comfortable and the sound system was great. There probably isn't a bad seat in the place. I would definately go there again for a concert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

They played as the background music to the musical Singin' in the Rain (shown as an old-time movie on a projection screen). It was the most fun I have had at any of their performances. They received a standing "o"! Would do it again! Very innovative!

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