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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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PURPLE - PURPLE - PURPLE - PURPLE

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Sarasota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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Tampa, Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The positives: Parking, sound, seating, and ticket-ordering: Parking was easy. Ample spots made parking stress-free, which is a plus. I thought the sound was very good. There really are plenty of good seats with a decent view, even if you are way in the back. Ordered tickets online and they came promptly in the mail. The negatives: Aesthetics: I found... More 

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Venice, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the music and had a great view of the stage. But as stated previously, there is no center aisle! The aisles are long so if you set at the end you literally have every single person in the aisle walking in front of you when they enter or exit the row. If you're seated in the middle of... More 

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University Park, Florida
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening with Ringo and his All-Star Band. I didn't really think about the "all-star" part of the band. Was just coming to see Ringo. However, not only was Ringo terrific, but his bandmates truly were "all stars". One was a lead singer and key boardist for Santana. So, they sounded FAB when doing the Santana hits... More 

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Parrish, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Our first trip to Van Wezel and found just one thing to keep it from getting five stars.....The seating is strange as there is no center aisle. We had seats 1 & 2 on L side which are in the middle of the row and you have to excuse yourself past 30+ patrons. The sound was amazing and I couldn't... More 

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