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Mahaffey Theater

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Address: 400 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4341
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+1 727-892-5746
11:00 - 17:00
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Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress...

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.

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Excellent Music Venue on the Bay

I've been going to classical music concerts at the Mahaffey for years, and this place has some of the best acoustics in the Tampa Bay area. The Florida Orchestra plays here each... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to classical music concerts at the Mahaffey for years, and this place has some of the best acoustics in the Tampa Bay area. The Florida Orchestra plays here each season, and the selection of works under conductor Michael Francis has broadened considerably. Sure, there's Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, but you'll also hear works chosen around a theme. For... More 

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Port Richey, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They said the concert started at 7...lie! did't start till 8:30..Some terrible sickin band played for 1 hour first. Not country at all! Everyone started walking out! Food was the worst I ever had..30 bucks??? Huh?? Micky Dees would have been better than that "Muck they called food" terrible. Never again. Be for-warned!! Concert starts at 8:45 "NOT" 7:00. Do... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see Tony Bennett at The Mahaffey Theater last night. Wow what a great show. The acoustics were great the show started on time plenty of available parking and the staff were very helpful and courteous.Our seats where very comfortable and they let us take in our drinks. Overall a wonderful time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not disappointed! Tony was amazing, elegant, warm, beautiful. Everything we had hoped for. Theatre is beautiful & comfortable. Staff was very helpful $ gracious. Sound system allowed us, even though we were in the balcony, to hear every word, note, without a problem. Too bad so many people show up late & use lighted cells. Very rude , disruptive &... More 

Thank MJK41
new jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our before show buffet dinner and then the wonderful music of Benise who last year was on PBS. He was very engaging with the audience. The seat were very comfortable.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Saw "YES" there in concert, easy parking on site just a short walk to theater. Nice auditorium. Surrounding area can be confusing with one way streets, Garmin got me there with out incident.

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Hernando Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Visited this theater twice in four days first to see smokey Robinson, then Dionne Warwick. I love this venue it is just the right size every concert I have been here has been memorable great Stars great Venue. Staff very helpful, security very good and access very easy and after the show departure is also quick a well run venue.... More 

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Stoughton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Mahaffey Theater is a live theater venue, which is just the right size. I will return. The location is on the water so you have a nice place to rest and relax after or before the show. The mariner is just across the street and a small airport is also located there. Just a short walk to the Beach Blvd... More 

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Radford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

FIRST, the only negative is a problem with sketchy ticket pricing. While in the lobby, I checked online for tickets to an upcoming concert. Online showed only $89 tickets were left. I went to the box office and bought tickets for $52. At the later concert the people sitting BEHIND us were discussing having to pay $89 " because that... More 

Thank HokieDuo
Ellijay, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

First, the performance by the Florida Orchestra and Itzhak Perlman was fantastic. The experience was marred by having to endure metal detectors, a search of my very small purse and the humiliation of the elderly man in front of me who was asked if he could stagger through the metal detector without his cane! He couldn't and was then hand... More 

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