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July 1, 2015

More Renovations

2015 brought a new round of renovations to the existing Mahaffey Theater structure, turning it into the venue you see today! This round of renovations focused..Read More
September 1, 2011

New Management

In 2011, Big3 Entertainment was granted managing rights to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater. Big3’s CEO and Chairman, Bill Edwards privately..Read More
January 1, 2005

Arena Demolition

In December of 2004, the Bayfront Center closed it’s doors one final time. Demolishing the beloved Arena created room for improvements to the Theater, including the..Read More
January 1, 1993

Class Acts Educational Series

In 1993, The Class Acts Educational Series was created to benefit Pinellas County Schools. At first, there were roughly five performances a year with an attendance..Read More
April 1, 1986

Theater Renovation

The sloped floor of the theater is dirt today, the ceiling a temporary ply- wood cover. The lobby and lounge have been demolished, and the dress..Read More
May 6, 1965

Bayfront Center Opens

The Bayfront Center Complex first opened its doors in January of 1965 to four tapings of Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour, the American Idol of yesteryear...Read More