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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.
The Phoenix Symphony Hall, a musical institution in Arizona, is home to the state's only full time professional orchestra. The orchestra entertains audiences with a variety of musical scores, from classical to pop. The Symphony Hall is also part of many community activities that put together educational programs for school children.
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.
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.
The Lost Leaf is a historic bar in Phoenix with the decor carrying an old world charm. Offering the finest beer and sakes, it is a comfortable place to hang out with friends. Live music nights bring local artists to the stage and art exhibitions are often held here. With a knowledgeable barkeep and friendly guests, you're sure to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at the place. For booking and information, do visit the website.
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.
Rhythm Room was chosen as one of the Top Twenty Blues Venues in the USA by Blues Review Magazine and has won Best Blues Club by local Phoenix periodicals countless times. This musical hot spot has featured headline acts by greats such as Deke Dickerson and Bob Margolin. Legendary guitarist Guitar Shorty, the man who taught Jimi Hendrix to play the guitar with his teeth, is a frequent performer. Top names in rock circles, from Deerhoof to The Spinto Band, also make this place their stop when in Phoenix. Pictures framed Blues legends cover the walls but the main attraction is always the stage. Great seats everywhere with tiny tables big enough for a couple of cocktails and a light bite. Sunnyside Barbecue is served Friday and Saturday nights.
Built in the 1960s, this notable theater was originally a conference center. Currently the venue is used for concerts and comedy with many popular artists making this a stop while on tour. Popular entertainers who have performed here include Garth Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin and Diana Ross. It seats 1888 to 2650 depending on the stage conversion offering a theater-in-the-round style or as a proscenium stage, based on production needs. Ample secured parking is available. Call or visit the website for a current schedule of upcoming events, as well as ticketing information.
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.