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McKinney Courthouse

McKinney, TX
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in McKinney
Type: Government Buildings
Traveler Description: Currently the home of the McKinney Performing Arts Center, the historic McKinney Courthouse is the center of a traditional Texas downtown square... more »
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Ontario, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Now a performing arts center the old Mckinney Courthouse anchors the town's main square. We were there for a Christmas event and loved it.

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Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The MPAC is beautiful and the Courthouse is as well, but the seating is so uncomfortable that it makes it difficult to sit through a show. They rent cushions, so it's obvious they are needed. I know they tried to stay true to the original seating and "look", but just pad the seats for heaven sake. The Square is wonderful... More

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Dallas, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I love old Texas county courthouses. This one has had a big "updating" that makes the inside feel modern and not like an historic building. It's run by a non-government group, and feels more like a new building inside. So, I appreciate that the exterior is preserved, but miss the authentic interior feeling.

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McKinney, Texas
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The staff at the MPAC (McKinney Performing Arts Center), located in the McKinney Courthouse is fabulous. Amy and the others are friendly and accommodating, and they have a great venue to offer for all sorts of events - wedding, galas, community activities, church services, etc. Would highly recommend them if the venue accommodates your party size.

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Gainesville, Texas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

They are talking about the old courthouse which is a beauty , the old one has class. Their lots of shops and places in the area to do in the oid downtown, the court house is history and tells one of the other age of justice. It is worth seeiing as they do not make them like this any more... More

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Garland, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

A little bit of Victorian England in the middle of McKinney! Carolers, stores decorated, folks in costume, nice facilities. Parking can be dodgey, be prepared to walk in to the square.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

The old courthouse has gone through renovation and is now reopened. It houses a performing art center however we have yet to see anything there. A tour inside reveals some old photos of the downtown area. You can cover this activity in a few minutes thus if you are downtown be sure and take it in. Interesting old building that... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

and enjoy in building. great structure. history abounds. Non profit inside it, but still pictures of the area on walls.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We saw this awhile ago, but what a perfect setting to see the original silent "Phantom of the Opera" with Lon Chaney. Accompanied by the live organ with the original music was something special.

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Plano, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is a classic Texas courthouse of the Texas Turn or the century era. someting that every person interested in that era should see. The square has a lot of interesting and unique stores and cafes. The area is not t be missed.

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