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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: (941) 955-7676
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: A good place for cultural entertainment.

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Not a bad seat in the house. I Sat towards the rear and the view of the stage was very very good. Sound was better than average.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I attended an event in this theater and was quite surprised at the seating; there are no aisles for exiting the full length rows from the middle. Not sure how this facility passes fire code. Not sure I would ever go back unless I had end of row seating.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My aunt took me to Flashdance musical. It was my first time going to Van Wezel. I enjoyed it very much. The valet parking was convenient & I would definitely go back for a 2nd show when I visit Sarasota:)

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We attended a concert at the Van Wezel, and though having lived in the area for over a decade and a half we usually opt to attend concerts on the other side of Tampa Bay. The first thing the attendee must know is that the seats are on one massive incline going all the way to the ceiling. Those people... More 

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Ann Arbor Mi
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34 reviews 34 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Approximately 30 rows deep and 80 - 100 seats wide with no center aisles. Would never pass fire code anywhere else . Would cause a mass catastrophe if someone yelled fire let alone a real fire or emergency occurred. Unsafe venue.

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Sarasota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

That was Mabel Ringling's favorite color, so why not paint it purple, John, her husband, would have done anything for her, and so did Sarasota. You can get all the technical data on line, but not the atmosphere, it's fanstic. From the moment you drive into the parking lot, ocean on one side, look up and your filled with wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not a bad seat in the house. I Sat towards the rear and the view of the stage was very very good. Sound was better than average.

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Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We purchased tickets in September to see Audra McDonald. There were many times we wanted to attend a performance at the Van Wezel but we turned away when we learned that an extra $10 fee was added for parking your car for the theater. This fee was added even if you walked to the show, used a bus or a... More 

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Chicagol, IL
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120 reviews 120 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We have been coming here for 9 years and have enjoyed some terrific shows. This season we have seen Ballroom with a Twist, Jersey Boys, Itzhak Perlman and will be seeing Johnny Mathis in April. My only criticism is the same as many others have had, no center aisle, making it rather difficult if you are sitting in seats near... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The Itzhak Perlman performance was sold out and that is not surprising. We had booked our tickets in row 4 on the main floor and these were just great. We were able to see and hear almost perfectly and with Perlman this is a plus. He plays so well and his stage presentation is very entertaining. We felt it was... More 

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Lynnfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is an enormous venue. All sorts of performances take place here. Generally, you need to purchase tickets way in advance. We saw Paul Anka. The evening was magical. He had the audience wrapped in his hands. You can see from everywhere but small binoculars helped as we were 3/4 of the way back. Afterwards, we waited at the stage... More 

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