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

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Address: 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number: 813.229.7827
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Description: 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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We visited the Straz last night to see the "Illusionists". This was an entertaining and funny performance. We have seen Cats, Phantom of the Opera and a number of other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Brandon, Florida
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Brandon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the Straz last night to see the "Illusionists". This was an entertaining and funny performance. We have seen Cats, Phantom of the Opera and a number of other performances. They always have a full house and quality performance. Seating is good in most areas. We are looking at becoming a "Broadway Season Ticket Holder" for 2015-16.

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Trinity, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Just returned from watching beauty and the beast with my wife and mother. It was a surprise Mother's Day present and unfortunately our experience was partially ruined by the sounds of rustling bags of chips and a spilled cup of ice right in the middle of the show. Why straz allows food and drink, especially potato chip bags that are... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I have enjoyed every show I have experienced at the Straz Center. Seats are comfortable. Visibility is good. Sound is high quallity. Staff are friendly. Parking is close by and inexpensive. The surrounding grounds are well maintained and beautiful (especially at night). No complaints. I feel blessed to have such a gem in my neighborhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Never having been to the Straz before, we were amazed that so many theaters were together on one city block. This made for parking challenges. Once on the grounds, there were shaded tables to have a drink, and a riverside view ( although it was closed off so you couldn't go to the water itself) The line waiting to get... More 

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Best of Tampa benefit for the Straz Performing Arts Center is AWESOME, plus a portion of the tickets can be a tax write-off! It showcases the BEST Food & Drink venues in the the Tampa/Clearwater/St.Pete area; we started attending in 2014, planned our vacation around it for 2015, & will try to do the same in future years!

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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This event was awesome. Highly recommend this event. There were over 40 restaurants, wine, craft beers, etc. The layout of the restaurants at the Straz Center was great. They spread out the vendors so that it did not feel crowded. We had VIP passes and for the extra money they were worth it. It allowed us to get in 1... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

All the theaters have great seating and sound. Staff are pleasant. Parking can be hard to find get there early.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We attended a matinee of Madama Butterfly and enjoyed the show tremendously. It's important to support the local arts community and luckily the variety of programs here makes it easy.

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We saw First Date at the JAEB Theatre . A nice setting for this particular show . The only reason we wouldn't rate the evening as perfect is because of the sound - it was difficult to hear the actors . Also , we could not get a taxi following the show . This is a service most theatres provide... More 

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Tafton, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

When we purchased our tickets at the box office; We inquired about dinner. There are a number of different options. We selected the most formal available that evening. We had a delicious dinner followed by attending a great concert "The Hit Men". We would recommend checking out whatever is available when you are in town as there are many different... More 

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