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History


Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg, the newly renovated Duke Energy Center for the Arts - The 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.

The facility first opened in the Spring of 1965 as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment complex. It was first renovated in 1987-1988 and at that time was renamed The Mahaffey Theater for the Performing Arts, for a St. Petersburg family who contributed significantly to the capital campaign.

Progress Energy and the City of St. Petersburg announced a 20-year partnership to rename the facility Progress Energy Center for the Arts that will feature visual and performing arts - including the newly renovated Mahaffey, the offices of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, the Center Plaza Waterfront Park and the new home of the Salvador Dali Museum. When Progress Energy merged with Duke Energy in 2012, the facility was renamed Duke Energy Center for the Arts.

Its beautiful setting, unparalleled entertainment and proximity to the lively downtown St. Petersburg area make Duke Energy Center for the Arts - The Mahaffey, THE live performance venue in the Tampa Bay area.

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Sleeping Beauty Pre-Performance Dinner
Fri, January 05, 06:00 pm
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Sleeping Beauty
Fri, January 05, 07:30 pm
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TFO Masterworks: Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven
Sat, January 06, 08:00 pm
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TFO Masterworks: Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven
Sun, January 07, 02:00 pm
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A Night with Janis Joplin Pre-Performance Dinner
Wed, January 10, 06:00 pm
A Night of Janis Joplin
Wed, January 10, 07:30 pm
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TFO Coffee Concert: Musicians in the Spotlight
Thu, January 11, 11:00 am
Branford Marsalis Pre-Performance Dinner
Thu, January 11, 06:00 pm
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Thu, January 11, 07:30 pm
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FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRE-PERFORMANCE DINNER
Sat, January 13, 12:00 am
TFO Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Sat, January 13, 02:00 pm
TFO Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Sat, January 13, 08:00 pm
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Tango Fire Pre-Performance Dinner
Tue, January 16, 06:00 pm
Tango Fire
Tue, January 16, 07:30 pm
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Drifters, Coasters, Platters Pre-Performance Dinner
Wed, January 17, 06:00 pm
The Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Platters
Wed, January 17, 07:30 pm
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iLuminate Pre-Performance Dinner
Thu, January 18, 06:00 pm
iLuminate
Thu, January 18, 07:30 pm
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Steve Martin & Martin Short
Fri, January 19, 07:00 pm
Icons of Comedy Encore
Fri, January 19, 08:30 pm
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TFO Masterworks: Dvorak's Cello Concerto
Sat, January 20, 08:00 pm
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TFO Masterworks: Dvorak's Cello Concerto
Sun, January 21, 02:00 pm
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Pink Martini Pre-Performance Dinner
Tue, January 23, 06:00 pm
Pink Martini with singer China Forbes
Tue, January 23, 07:30 pm
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Bob Woodward Pre-Performance Dinner
Wed, January 24, 06:00 pm
Bob Woodward
Wed, January 24, 07:30 pm
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TFO: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Fri, January 26, 08:00 pm
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Masters of Illusion Pre-Performance Dinner
Sat, January 27, 06:30 pm
Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible
Sat, January 27, 08:00 pm
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TFO: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Sun, January 28, 02:00 pm
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