About the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Our Performing Arts Center building is 100,000 square feet and is designed to meet the diverse cultural needs of all area residents and visitors. This $23 million state-of-the-art Center provides a capacious setting for an array of cultural offerings from large Broadway musicals to full-scale operas and symphonies.
The Performing Arts Center can seat 2,500, with 1% of the seats designated for handicapped visitors. It has a full working stage with state-of-the-art sound, lights and staging facilities. We offer 40 box seats, box office, five (5) private dressing rooms, and two (2) large chorus dressing rooms. Our Green Room is for performers to meet friends, VIP’s, media and it has projection capability for presenting films. We have closed circuit TV in all dressing rooms and the Green Room. We have three (3) elevators that meet our Balcony levels. Our Stage is 48’ x 60’ and has an acoustical shell and flying capability. The Loading Dock can fit two (2) tractor/trailers for unloading. Our performers are provided with their own private entrance and can be escorted to the Green Room or Dressing Rooms.
Our Banquet Center is 1,590 square feet and is equipped with a full warming kitchen. We offer Gourmet Services (catering) and we can seat 100 comfortably. This room, too, has projection capability for presenting films.
Our Visual Arts Gallery (Lobby) is 7,000 square feet. The dimensions are 190’ x 32’ and can hold wedding receptions and trade shows. There are four (4) plasma screens mounted on the walls with live direct stage viewing.
You will find more than 2,000 parking spaces available with shuttles running continuously to the corner of International Speedway Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. We also provide VIP parking directly behind our Performing Arts Center and valet services.