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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 #11 of 122 things to do 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
Hours:
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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Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

My husband, myself, and some friends just saw "Masters of Illusion" last week and had a great time. No problem with parking and tho they do have a fee of $10 if you want covered parking, they also have plenty of free parking. The theater is very comfortable and attractive, not so large that you would be too far away... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We saw Diana Ross in concert at the Mahaffey Theatre. It is a wonderful setting for an intimate concert. Good parking ($10). Several bars on site for a pre-concert drink. Easy to buy tickets on line. Great spot.

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Corning, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We saw Diana Ross we sat in the Loge section it was perfect. The staff helpful & courteous. Valet parking not recommended too long to get your car at the end. Really nice theatre.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The seating in this theater is horrific. Seats are tiny and crammed together so close you feel as though you were flying on a cheap airline. Very sad and embarrassing for this venue. Other than that it is OK. Just be sure to have some muscle relaxants on hand or you won't be able to walk when you stand up.

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Elkton, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Not a bad seat in the house! We went to see my. Daughter perform in her finall county band performance of her high school career! Very accommodating for wheel.chair bound visitors. Great sound and lighting. Only minus was some of the ushers were a wee bit snooty and they all did not seem to be on the same page with... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

For the price of the ticket ($60 balcony) the short 45=minute show was very disappointing - plus Merle Haggard seemed very angry (or ill) when he stormed off the stage. The audience sat in somewhat stunned silence as the house lights came up and the band stared after the performer. Can someone comment on what happened. We felt cheated on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Wandered over from the Dali Museum and discovered that the Mahaffey presents ELVIS Tribute that evening. I inquired at the box office and scored a 29 dollar ticket in the first row of the middle balcony. The parking is 10 dollars between the Dali and Mahaffey. The show was really entertaining. The crowd loved it and had a great time... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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