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“Beautiful theatre!”
Review of Mahaffey Theater

Mahaffey Theater
Ranked #13 of 141 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater is a 2,031 seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating. Just steps away from the culturally vibrant Downtown and minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-famous museums, the Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, family, and the renowned Florida Orchestra. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
Reviewed October 4, 2012

***Although I put November of 2011 on here for when I visited; the shows I saw in this review take place way before this.***

Been going to this theatre since I was a kid! The last show I saw there was with a friend and it was "The Wizard of Oz" with the Florida Orchestra, where the music was taken out of the film and played live and in person by the orchestra. We had wonderful seats for it...orchestra seating in the raised alcove in the back. The balcony was above us but it never bothered our view.

I got to see 2 touring Broadway companies there as well:

"The Wedding Singer: The Musical", which was based on the Adam Sandler movie and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". Both shows, the seats were amazing and didn't feel squished in them like in most theatres.

If you want to see a good show, see one here. Awesome theatre.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Love the location, the layout, the parking, the access, the newness of the renovation. This venue is sooo much better than Ruth Eckerd Hall where there is no center aisle and you have to climb over 50 people to get to a center seat. The Mahaffey's seating arrangement is fantastic, easily accessible, and well worth the expense for some of the best up front and center seats. Loved the outdoor setup for the last few concerts there (tents, chairs, chaise lounges, outdoor bars)

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

I've been to concerts here a few times and there really aren't any bad seats. The venue has nice acoustics!

Thank fineartfan
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I like that the Mahaffey theater is modern on the outside but still has the old school charm on the inside. The acoustics were great and the general layout gave it an intimate feel.

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

The Mahaffey Theater is the perfect place to see bands, plays, and more. I have seen two different acts the past year and I love the smaller more intimate theater setting the Mahaffey offers.

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