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“Repurposed high school = intimate performance venue” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jefferson Center

Jefferson Center
Ranked #24 of 64 things to do in Roanoke
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Owner description: Jefferson Center is a nonprofit organization that enriches and educates diverse Western Virginia communities by producing high quality performing arts programs, by providing long and short term rental space for community partners and individuals, and by providing educational outreach.Built in 1924, the Jefferson Center's historic facility originally served the community as Jefferson Senior High School. The high school was closed in the 70's and after sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Jefferson Center Foundation was formed to renovate the space into the beautiful arts venue that serves Roanoke and the surrounding region today. Jefferson Center offers world class concerts featuring a diverse array artists such as Wynton Marsalis, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Del McCoury, Esperanza Spalding, Rosanne Cash, Bobby McFerrin and so many more. Additional, Jefferson Center offers long term rental space to 20+ non-profits and locally owned businesses, as well as short term rental space for community meetings, weddings, celebrations and many other events.
Roanoke, Virginia
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“Repurposed high school = intimate performance venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Arguably Roanoke's "smallest" place for a big event. Attractively renovated historic high school has multiple spaces for non-profits, special events but is most known for shows, including a broad range of performances: jazz music, "big names" like Bryan Adams, Roanoke Symphony and opera performances, unusual acts. We prefer seating in the center of the balcony for events as some other seats have obscured views. Arrive early for best parking, which can be complex but is free (and usually well directed during sold out events).

Visited January 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Thank you for supporting your local non-profit arts venue. Center balcony is certainly a fantastic seat to enjoy any act.... now the secrets out! We're pleased that you have enjoyed your time at Jefferson Center and appreciate all the other branches of our mission, including our tenant space for 20+ additional non-profits and locally owned businesses.
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