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Located in the Phoenix Convention Center, the Orpheum Theater is one of the oldest historic venues in the city. Built in 1929, the Spanish Baroque-style building underwent major transformation after its purchase by the city of Phoenix in 1984. The theater reopened in January 1997 and continually hosts performances. The building itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue seats 1,364 and is used for performing arts and touring productions featuring dance, theater, and music concerts.
Featuring multiple stages, the Herberger Theater Center is centrally located in downtown Phoenix. Center Stage contains a hydraulic orchestra pit and accommodates up to 802 patrons and the superb acoustics optimize every dramatic presentation. The smaller, more intimate Stage West theater seats 325 and this is where various dance troupes, plays and orchestras perform. This center is also home to Ballet Arizona, the Actors' Theater of Phoenix and the Arizona Theater Company.
Comerica Theatre is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue designed for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing and convention meetings. Seating can vary from 1900 to 5000 for concerts, and 5500 for sporting or corporate events. This theater combines a classic, fully rigged Broadway stage with the brilliance of modern arena technology. Past performers include Marc Anthony, Hilary Duff, The Killers and Al Green. Wrestling match-ups also take place on a frequent basis at this venue.
The Valley Youth Theatre is an award-winning establishment located in Downtown Phoenix. The place boasts an environment that perfectly contributes to children's cultural growth. They manage to instill love for the performing arts in children of all ages by involving them in every aspect of a production. Children from the ages of 3 to 19 can develop their stage skills here and maybe even make a career out of it such as previous students Emma Stone and Jordin Sparks. Check website for schedules and more.
After visiting the galleries of the Phoenix Art Museum, drop by the Phoenix Theatre, just next door, to enjoy various performing art events. Considered to be one of the oldest performing arts center in Arizona, Phoenix Theatre leaves no stone unturned in providing top-notch entertainment. The theater's main stage has been host to a plethora of performances like concerts, comedy shows, drama and dance shows bringing in a number of renowned artists and groups. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Located within Phoenix College, John Paul Theatre is the epicenter of all campus happenings. The state-of-the-art theater hosts concerts, music events, dance programs, theater performances and other events. With a seating capacity of around 300, the theater features comfortable seats, most providing unobstructed views of the stage. The theater is a wonderful platform for budding talent on campus. Contact the college help desk for more information.
The Ak-Chin Pavilion (formerly Desert Sky Pavilion, Cricket Wireless Pavilion and Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion), is an open-air amphitheater which opened in 1990. This venue offers approximately 8000 reserved seats in the open-air pavilion and more than 11,000 seats on the lawn. The fan-cooled pavilion offers theater-style seats and high-tech acoustics, making this an enjoyable setting for a variety of events. Previous concerts held here include top names like Aerosmith, India Arie, the Dave Matthews Band and Britney Spears. Refreshments are available.
Arizona Broadway Theatre is one of the most exciting performing arts theaters in Arizona. The live performances it stages are truly a treat to witness. Famous for the seven-tiered auditorium, various private dining rooms, huge lobby, and banquets halls for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, showers and rehearsals, this is surely one grand place for the arts. They also offer on rent a number of different costumes, backdrops and sets for the shows. Call ahead or check website for detailed information.
The Music Theater, located within the Musical Instrument Museum, is a venue that hosts concerts featuring artists from around the world. Performances here cover a variety of genres and include jazz, piano and even theater. Artists such as Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, Debashish Bhattacharya and Carlos Prieto are just a few names that have made up the eclectic schedule of events. The auditorium can comfortably seat 300, for bookings and details, check out their website.