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Mahaffey Theater

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Address: 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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+1 727-892-5746
11:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:00

Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg,the Progress...

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.

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A lovely evening flawlessly executed

Our first time at The Mahaffey, with tickets to see Capt Sullenberg speak. We had reserved/prepaid parking (available when you purchase tickets online) and drove right into a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Ocala, Florida
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Lutz, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Overall a nice place to see an event. We parked across the street for no charge. Theater seats were comfortable with room for your knees. Drinks as expected were priced high.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Our first time at The Mahaffey, with tickets to see Capt Sullenberg speak. We had reserved/prepaid parking (available when you purchase tickets online) and drove right into a convenient spot. Beautiful outdoor plaza gave us a great view of the sunset over the water before heading inside. Expect a security check at the entrance; all was respectful and professionally done.... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is the first time we visited the Mahaffey Theater and we were very pleased with our experience. The seating was comfortable and there was plenty of leg room. I was not pleased that there is a ticket fee, though. We printed out our tickets at home and thought the ticket fee was not appropriate, given the prices of the... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Balmy January night. Parking was easy & convenient. Yes, it's pricey at $10, but easy & convenient make it worth it. The performance was top notch. The venue was perfection. Great bathrooms; nice area for visiting with friends. Leaving was a dream come true. Lots of exits & traffic flowed smoothly. Pick any performance. You can't go wrong. Sit back... More 

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Crested Butte, Colorado, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went to Cirque Dreams last night and thought the performance was well done. My complaint is regarding the staff at the Maheffey and their lack of enforcement from with the audience use of cell phones - none. We were seated in Balcony C and not one usher did anything about the numerous cell phones being used... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Overall, our experience was quite good, from valet parking to enjoying the ballet to retrieving our car, etc. The ballet was excellent with several performers standing out, especially the prima ballerina in the role of Odette. Regarding the facility: Other reviewers stated "there isn't a bad seat in the house" etc., but I beg to differ. We sat in the... More 

Thank WriterLynTampa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the show and the theater was clean. Every seat would be a good one. Seats weren't the most comfortable and limited bathroom for the amount of seats in my opinion. I'd definitely back though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

#1. The staff needs to be trained better on how to follow the rules of the theater they work for. DO NOT seat people after the show starts. Moscow Ballet is trying to perform The Nutcracker and dozens of people are standing in the aisles blocking views of patrons who showed up at the proper time. Several performers looked annoyed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

There is no bad seat in this place. We go all the time. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We have never had a bad experience here, whether it was for a concert, comedian, or special event. The Dali next door is also a must-see spot which allows you to get two for the price of one for parking... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

the Mahaffey offers wonderful entertainment, but I just went to a Christmas concert by the Florida Orchestra, it lasted only a bit over an hour, and they charged $10 for parking..that's ridiculous ...and I am handicapped.

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