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Review of Mahaffey Theater

Mahaffey Theater
Ranked #14 of 140 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Small venue for concerts but convenient to downtown, the mahaffey doesn't normally attract top performers but I was fortunate enough to see the moody blues and Steve Martin and the steep canyon rangers so attractions do come to the Mahaffey

Thank Lisa B
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"great acoustics"
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"beautiful theatre"
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"box seats"
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"smokey robinson"
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"tony bennett"
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"righteous brothers"
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"great sound"
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"great concert"
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"dali museum"
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"wonderful venue"
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"valet parking"
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"no bad seats"
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"the tampa bay area"
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This venue is great for concerts and shows. The seats are comfy and they are all very close to the stage. Park in the lot for the Dali museum next door for only $5 and less crowds. For the concert we attended, there were plenty selections of beer, alcohol, sodas, and food. When you buy tickets online they do not charge service fees, which is a nice plus!

Thank Nik655
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Highlighting the fact that shyster towing services will tow your vehicle if you are cheap like me. $106 fee plus a $10 cab ride. 11PM and your car is missing. In the rain. Made a great Mahaffey concert experience suck. Word to the wise - pay the $5 up front to park in the theater lot.

6  Thank retrugger1
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Over the course of the last 2 years we've been to the Mahaffey Theater several times and have enjoyed the events and venues due to the intimacy and size. It's not a facility where you need a jumbo tron to see what's taking place on stage when you're stuck in the nose-bleed section. All seats are good seats and the sound quality is excellent throughout. However, if it's your first time pay heed as there are some quirks about the place that you need to know. Parking is no fun as you can be caught in the traffic jam trying to get into the parking garage and if you go in by the Dali it's only 1 lane and is cash only (Oh, yeah, bring plenty of cash as very little there can be purchased on a credit card). Seating is rather close together and a little bit tight, especially if you're a big guy like me. Bathrooms are only on the first floor, and don't accommodate very many wishing to make a deposit, so plan accordingly; and food options are limited. So come to enjoy the venues and try to overlook everything else. It will make your visit more enjoyable.

2  Thank Bruce W
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We came to Tampa to see a concert by the Pet Shop Boys last September. The theatre is very nice. Lobby is large with several concessions selling beverages (both non- and alcoholic). Theatre is a good size, approximately 2,000 seats, and it seems there really isn't a bad seat in the house. Make sure to get there early, as parking seemed to get a little out of hand as showtime got closer.

Thank janeonlongisland
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