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Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Address: 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 18132297827
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who...

The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who persevered to bring to reality one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation. It is many things to many people and it’s more than just a building, more than just a performing arts center. It is a presenter, a producer, an educator, a community partner and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area. It is a cornerstone of the Tampa Bay community. The Straz Center creates a regional economic impact of more than $100 million each year. To our local economy it can mean more tourists staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores and visiting other venues when they are here. At both the local and national level, it provides access to more than 700,000 people of all ages, abilities and cultures each year. It also provides jobs for artists and other professionals who have a passion for the arts and for our mission.

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The Lion King Musical - Absolutely Fabulous!!

We enjoyed the Lion King Musical at the Straz Center with a fun and lively evening from beginning to end. Cocktails are a bit on the pricey side, so watch what you order. Ample... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lady T
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the Lion King Musical at the Straz Center with a fun and lively evening from beginning to end. Cocktails are a bit on the pricey side, so watch what you order. Ample parking in various garages to choose around $5 or so with indoor and outside seating before the venue begins. Call ahead dining is available or just... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to see the Lion King. The performance was spectacular and very much worth seeing. The Straz Center, itself, was a disappointment. My wife and I walked into the theater when the doors opened, 1/2 hour before performance, and were immediately accosted by an usher who told us we were not allowed to walk down the aisle to our seat.... More 

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've seen plenty of shows at the Straz Center. And let's be relistic you can't predict finding the perfect seats. I've sat in box seats twice. 1st time was too close to the stage and you can see the performers but not the entire stage. And for the Lion King, we had box seats BL-06 AAA seats 6&8. And these... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Straz is easy to get to from all over the Tampa Bay Area. Parking is also easy and lots are relatively cheap. We have yet to attend a show there and not be pestered for money right out in front of the theater. This needs to be corrected. Ushers need to pay attention. We had a person in front... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I saw The Lion King at the Straz. Very beautiful landscape and building. We had cheaper seats in the top section (D). Seats were not very comfortable, but it's what is to be expected with cheap tickets. Overall, it was a great place. The staff was friendly towards us which we don't always get in fancy places... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't buy box seats at this venue! We could not see half of the stage! Attended a previous show and had fabulous seats on the floor, enjoyed the ballet. Box seats were a joke; had to lean precariously over the railing to catch a glimpse of the stage right action...when not reprimanded by the grumpy usher!

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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225 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the Lion King at the Straz Center with a fun and lively evening from beginning to end. Cocktails are a bit on the pricey side, so watch what you order; snacks are much cheaper with a super fun candy bar (create your own mixed, loose hard candy) in a fun box. Ample parking in the Poe garage, (around... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I saw Lion King last night and were pretty impressed with the experience. There were a decent amount of food and beverage options, the employees and volunteers were kind and helpful, and the theater itself was clean and well-kept. My only complaints were: there aren't enough stalls in the women's bathrooms (15 minute intermission was almost not... More 

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florida
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134 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tickets for the Lion King were pricey for the scaled down and musically challenged event. Maybe the B team was in for the Saturday matinee. Only Rafeeki was amazing. It was cold, it was the Children's pirate parade (if we had know would have purchased tickets another time.) Guess where the parking was slated for shuttle service yes, in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are a memory care community in Tampa and we bought tickets to The Lion King performance. The Straz Center staff was so amazing! They accommodated us with dropping our residents off right at the door and allowed us to park our bus right in front so our residents wouldn't have to walk far. We will for sure be back... More 

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