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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7676
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Ranked #19 of 48 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Operas, Symphonies, Theaters & Stadiums
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Owner description: A good place for cultural entertainment.

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Sarasota, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We loved the Sarasota production of the Nutcracker. Many families were there with children and the staging and design by the Sarasota Ballet was fantastic. My daughter also went to the Van Wezel with her kindergarten class to see productions based on children's books and had a great time. As with many performing arts halls, the only negative comment is... More

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Florida
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174 reviews 174 reviews
49 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Beautiful purple Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater seating 1800 people. Acoustics not perfect however. They offer some good shows, bringing Broadway to Sarasota. Setting is gorgeous on the Bay. Beautiful place

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

On April 23, 2014 my wife and I went to a performance of Shen Yun. We bought the tickets two months prior to the show and was not told that the seats had an obstructed view of the stage. So, we missed viewing about 20 percent of the production. At intermission, my wife spoke to the box office manager to... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We are season ticket holders and buy a number of other tickets throughout the season!! You can't beat the pricing or quality of performances!! We go to Tampa to see the first runs of the National Tours. - but love the variety that arrives each year in Sarasota!! Ushers can be a little over the top - but they are... More

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Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I am certain that this auditorium attracts top talent and shows. I, however, didn't have the opportunity, nor was I encouraged to see any of them. A rainy week in Sarasota left me and my husband to look for indoor options. We stopped at Van Wezel and were treated with a sense of distain. We were looking for options and... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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201 reviews 201 reviews
122 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I attend performances at the Van Wezel several times each year while we are spending the winter months in Florida. We love the venue. The theatre is not too large so even the seats in the rear are pretty good. Nonetheless we always try to get seats no farther back that row 12. These are in the... More

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Nokomis, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently saw Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers there and enjoyed it very much. The seats are comfy and the ushers are very helpful. They are prompt with the curtain and the lighting is great! And prices are reasonable for such big names.

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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My problem with printing the tickets I purchased online foreshadowed events to come. The box office was kind enough to print and mail the tickets when I explained that the link they emailed led to a broken page. I was the third caller that day with a similar complaint but the info was not passed along to anyone who could... More

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Burtonsville, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My condolences to anyone who donated to the building of this facility. The folks in charge of the interior layout were massively overpaid. You can only get to seats along the side by elevator or stairs. There are no aisles running up and down anywhere except along the sides. The rows are continuous--about 64 seats all in one long row.... More

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Ontario
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We saw Kenny Rogers at the Van Wezel Feb 14. Like many other reviews, the facility is a little old when you consider accessibility. For those requiring assistance, I would suggest valet parking, as you can go right to the door. The parking lot is large, easy to find a spot. The hall is neat and tidy, nice decor coming... More

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