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The Time-Union Center for the Performing Arts has a history that dates back to September of 1960, when construction on the 3,200-seat auditorium began. The center, which cost five million dollars back in the 60’s, has already survived an attempt to tear in down. In 1990, city officials wanted to tear down the center to relocate a thirty-five million dollar Jacksonville Art Museum in its place. Instead, a decision was eventually made to renovate the existing structure and to make it large, cooler, and more robust. It closed for renovations in 1995 and reopened in 1997 with much fanfare.
When going to an event at the Times-Union Center, proper attire must be worn. In Florida, because of the heat, shorts are always considered “proper attire,” but lack of shirt / shoes are not. They do have a group sales discount. Strollers are prohibited.
Upcoming events include: Jacksonville Harmony Chorus, Dave Chappelle, Stomp, The Comic View All Starts Tour, and Melissa Etheridge.
The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts is also the home of the fabulous Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. ( www.jaxsymphony.org for ticket information)
The historical Florida Theatre is another popular venue for the arts. www. floridatheatre.com
From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age.