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Mahaffey Theater

400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-892-5746
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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... more » 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. « less
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
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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 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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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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Tampa, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I went to see a couple of the guys from "Who's Line is it Anyway". We had a great time. The theater itself was beautiful on the inside, classic style architecture. There is a fee for parking so be sure to bring some cash, they don't except cards for parking.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Small venue for concerts but convenient to downtown, the mahaffey doesn't normally attract top performers but I was fortunate enough to see the moody blues and Steve Martin and the steep canyon rangers so attractions do come to the Mahaffey

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Brandon, FL
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This venue is great for concerts and shows. The seats are comfy and they are all very close to the stage. Park in the lot for the Dali museum next door for only $5 and less crowds. For the concert we attended, there were plenty selections of beer, alcohol, sodas, and food. When you buy tickets online they do not... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Highlighting the fact that shyster towing services will tow your vehicle if you are cheap like me. $106 fee plus a $10 cab ride. 11PM and your car is missing. In the rain. Made a great Mahaffey concert experience suck. Word to the wise - pay the $5 up front to park in the theater lot.

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Hurst, Texas
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Over the course of the last 2 years we've been to the Mahaffey Theater several times and have enjoyed the events and venues due to the intimacy and size. It's not a facility where you need a jumbo tron to see what's taking place on stage when you're stuck in the nose-bleed section. All seats are good seats and the... More

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