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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.
Housed in a building dating back to 1917, Crescent Ballroom is a wonderful venue located in Downtown Phoenix. Live gigs take place every night and the venue's relatively small size ensures that the crowd can get up close with the performing artists. If the music gets too loud for you, step out on the patio, drinks in tow.
Although it started as an icehouse, in 1990, this historic building was transformed into what has become one of the most happening cultural centers in the city of Phoenix. Focusing on avant-garde art with a social twist, this establishment plays host to many cultural events like marimba performances and art shows. The Icehouse also has various spaces, like the Silver Room and the Urbane Recycler, that can be rented for private events.
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.
The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is an immense facility, located on the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Seating a maximum of 14,870, it is utilized for many different activities, from concerts and sporting events to trade and auto shows. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, attending an event here is an enriching experience. Annual events which take place here, feature big names from various industries.
William Wrigley Junior's dream mansion, the Wrigley Mansion is elegance personified. This magnificent 1932 mansion has hand-carved doors and a hand-painted rotunda ceiling which are a treat to the eyes. Apart from being a architectural marvel, the mansion also serves as a perfect location for anything from a dream wedding to an elegant event. Geordie's Restaurant within the mansion serves classic American fare and is the best place to host a classy sit-down dinner.
In 1956, residents of Phoenix filled the grandstand shoulder to shoulder to welcome the first sports franchise in the Valley. Every year since, locals and visitors herald the thoroughbred racing at the Turf Paradise Race Course. Apart from the course, there is a Clubhouse which provides great food as well as views. Located 14 miles north of Sky Harbor Airport, the course is in the extreme North Valley.