Grand Premiere of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
It was a big day today for the city of Orlando! After years of planning, construction and fundraising, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts officially opened its doors on Thursday.
Hundreds attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the corner of South Street and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando.
The opening ceremony was followed by a tour of the brand new performing arts venue. The tour took guests from the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater to a second theater with 300 more seats, which will be used to host everything from weddings to corporate meetings.
The venue also includes a school of arts and an arts plaza.
“Today truly is a once in a lifetime event in the life of our city. With the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, we take our place on the world stage,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer.
City officials emphasized the positive economic and cultural impacts they believe the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts will have on the Central Florida community.
On Saturday, Sheryl Crow is scheduled to perform for free at the new facility. Her performance is open to the public and begins at 8 p.m.
The public is also welcomed to attend a family festival in the arts plaza on Sunday.
And if you really want to get a good view, check out this new video the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has posted on YouTube: