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“People in Wheelchairs or Motorized Scooters Don't Deserve Great Seats”

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Ranked #29 of 198 things to do in Tampa
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Owner description: The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who persevered to bring to reality one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation. It is many things to many people and it’s more than just a building, more than just a performing arts center. It is a presenter, a producer, an educator, a community partner and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area. It is a cornerstone of the Tampa Bay community. The Straz Center creates a regional economic impact of more than $100 million each year. To our local economy it can mean more tourists staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores and visiting other venues when they are here. At both the local and national level, it provides access to more than 700,000 people of all ages, abilities and cultures each year. It also provides jobs for artists and other professionals who have a passion for the arts and for our mission.
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49 reviews
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“People in Wheelchairs or Motorized Scooters Don't Deserve Great Seats”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

My husband and I stopped wasting our money here because if you are mobility challenged, you get the worst seats and have to battle volunteer ushers with attitudes! We were even threatened with eviction after paying for private balcony seating because their box office gave us something you couldn't get to by wheelchair.

You can provide the phone reservationists with explicit, detailed seating requirements, and yet still wind up with seats you can't get to if you can't walk or climb stairs. So instead, you are forced to give up seats you paid premium prices for and occupy seats with obstructions or so far away, you might as well take an expensive nap. And no refunds!

The reason this has never been fixed, addressed or corrected can only be one of the following:

1. People donating the majority of the money still have the use of their legs.
2. No ADA lawsuits (yet).
3. Anyone with money and no leg use knows that Ruth Eckerd across the water built their center with equal access/ great seating for all patrons, not just the able-bodied.

If it is not playing at Ruth Eckerd, be it concert, comedy, opera or play, we don't go. We are still on their mailing list; we just toss it in the garbage.

We gave the TBPAC thousands of dollars and chances and it just isn't getting any better.

If you think this is an exaggeration, let me assure you that I can provide examples for every year since they opened their doors of mistreatment and bad seats.

2 Thank Beachykeenjan
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Tradition, FL
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4 attraction reviews
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“A powerful presence for arts and culture in the heart of Tampa”
Reviewed 3 December 2011

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is a monumental testament to a city that loves art and culture. On October 25, 2011, the center hosted the Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs launch of 'Culture Builds Florida', a statewide initiative that promotes the arts as an industry. More than 200 attendees from dozens of arts-related businesses and organizations gathered to learn what Secretary of State Kurt Browning's initiative means for arts managers, artists, patrons and educators. A facility like the Straz Center is the perfect venue for conferences, large meetings or an evening on the town!

The 2011 season lineup in theatre arts offers everything from classical shows to Broadway hits. Straz and its corporate sponsor, Bank of America, strive to bring a host of popular performances from ballet to comedy - with something for every audience from the Adult Cabaret Showcase to Broadway Family Nights when one full-price adult ticket receives a free child's ticket. The Patel Conservatory, adjacent to the Straz Center is a three-story, 45,000 square-foot facility that offers excellence in instruction for youth studying dance, music and theatre. Their performance calendar includes an adult stand-up comedy showcase as well as classical favorites Our Town, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

IF YOU GO: Be certain to pick up their season booklet - it's a handsome guide with 44 pages of listings that run through July, 2012.

Visited October 2011
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Lakeland, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“quite enjoyable”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

anytime we have gone to see a performance we have always had an enjoyable time. We did have to park across the street which wasn't to fun , wearing heels , but other than that it was great

Visited March 2011
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Wesley Chapel
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74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Big City in Tampa”
Reviewed 14 November 2011

A night out at the TBPAC, makes you feel like you are in the big city. Fantastic assistance provided by the ushers, a great price that won’t leave a hole in your bank account and top notch performances! Love this place and have never seen anything but a great performance presented.

Visited November 2011
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Orlando, FL
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Excellent Venue”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Saw Mike Epps live during his tour. Nice big venue... only thing is... lots of walking and not enough valet during this event. Overall excellent

Visited October 2011
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