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The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
813.229.7827
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Ranked #4 of 89 attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hingham, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A lovely theater. Very attractive venue, pleasant staff. The only downside was the restrooms were down many stairs and like many places not enough.

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Tampa, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Starz Center hosts a great Broadway series, international and national dance performances, children's shows, special performances, and a small venue folk singer series. Great talent, and great sound. The only negatives are the same as all such centers: the excessive fees added onto tickets purchased online or by phone, and the ability to bring food and drinks into the larger... More

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Tampa, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
33 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Likes: traveling artists, some shows. Dislikes: the reservation system is still not apple/macintosh friendly, even after 6 years. I dropped my subscription, largely because often the off-off B'Way shows, are the 2nd or 3rd string, not the better quality actors, etc. However, OPERA is excellent here, wonderful sound nearly any seat in the house. I've had box seats, balcony as... More

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Winter Haven
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It has been a little time since I have seen a Broadway Show here, but I will tell anyone that this is a spectacular place to come. For many a year I was a season ticket holder. I have since not been able to keep that up, but as soon as I can I will again. The facility is beautiful... More

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Sarasota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Love the location, within walking distance to restaurants, the water taxi to Channelside and easy access to the Trolley to Ebor. Not far from highway and hotels, area malls and shopping. Easy to locate seats. Large stage. Awesome sound.

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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Straz Center is a beautiful theater but it is BIG and a lot of the seats are way up high! Pretty good viewing from anywhere in the theater.

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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a great performing art center for all venues. I have been to small jazz sessions to large national tours. They also have a good restaurant.

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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a gorgeous facility, with world-class talent. The volunteers are extremely friendly, professional, and helpful. Tickets are very reasonable for the level of talent, and parking is a breeze. I've been to the Straz roughly a dozen times, and have always been extremely pleased with the experience.

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Orlando
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158 reviews 158 reviews
14 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Nice facility, get there early to ensure parking, getting a coffee or tea on premise and sit on the river. Can be a good walk, so skip the 6 inch heels and pull out those flats.

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Highland, New York
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

big problem at Straz, the seats in theaters are very uncomfortable. if you have any kind of back problem. bring pillow, or sit in handicap section.

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