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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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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Comfortable seats, helpful staff. Lacks coffee kiosk on outside prior to shows.

The only reason I'm giving this a 4 instead of 5, is because they have nowhere outside the theatre to get coffee before a show. You have to wait until the lobby opens to access... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The only reason I'm giving this a 4 instead of 5, is because they have nowhere outside the theatre to get coffee before a show. You have to wait until the lobby opens to access the 2nd floor coffee/snack area. They won't even let you in ahead of time just to visit the 2nd floor snack area. Next time, we'll... More 

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Brewerton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Bought 2 tickets to "Masters of Illusion", over an hour's drive from where we were visiting at Longboat Key, FL. Easy access to $10 parking right next to the Theater. Theater was beautiful, I believe 4 bars , announcements such as "10 min to showtime, please make way to your seats". Show was a very good magic show, the performers... More 

Thank Willisdds
Indian Rocks Beach
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have seen numerous plays and concerts at the Mahaffey and it never disappoints. Wonderful, comfortable venue that sets you at ease to enjoy whatever presentation you attend. Fronts Tampa Bay--a very scenic setting in downtown St. Pete. Do yourself a favor and see a show there!

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Largo, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful venue. Comfortable seating. Great acoustics. The staff is extremely pleasant and helpful. The theater is set up very conveniently. I've been to many other venues (including Ruth Eckerd Hall of which I am a member) and I think the seating @ The Mahaffey is laid out much more intelligently - allowing rows between seating so that you... More 

Thank Karen O
St. Petersburg, Florida
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My oldest daughter and I were given tickets to the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker which was being preformed at the Mahaffey Theater on December 26th. The Mahaffey Theater is located in Downtown St Pete, on the same lot as the Dali Museum. The property is clean and open outside and just as much on the inside. The staff was... More 

Thank Bernadette C
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife loves it when I surprise her with Theater tickets! We just saw Shen Yun at the Mahaffey and loved it! The dancing and costumes were exquisite. The orchestra was wonderful! You can't beat the Mahaffey. It so easy to park and stroll right in. We really loved it and will be going again next year as they change... More 

Thank Russell H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Was there for 2 Christmas performances in the last week and the sound system is absolutely wonderful..comparable to Carnegie Hall. Since it is the Christmas season, the theater did nothing to "deck the halls" so to speak for the holidays.... One performance, the symphony orchestra decorated the base of the stage with what looked like dollar store decorations.,,tacky and shabby.

Thank flstpete
Spring Hill, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We went to the Brian Wilson concert and had a wonderful evening. When I called for tickets, the woman was so helpful and recommended some great seats. It made it easier to pay for parking at the same time. The location and appearance of the theater add to the experience. We've seen the Beach Boys a number of times, and... More 

Thank Batmom7
Orlando, Florida
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

My first time to the Mahaffey theatre was for a Brian Wilson concert. From the parking to the concessions the place is really impressive. You can tell that a team put a lot of thought into what the overall experience might be like for a theater goer. I live in Orlando and I expect to drive the 90 minutes come... More 

Thank ChanceMan00
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We went to see the Cirque Dreams Holidaze last night. What a excellent show. This show had everything you would enjoy to get into the Holiday spirit. If you like Christmas show with a twist of acts from the Cirque people this would be for you. The Theater is beautiful outside and in, with no bad seats to enjoy any... More 

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