A new performing arts center opened Saturday in downtown Orlando, Florida. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts aims to provide locals and visitors access to entertainment, convention space, and shopping in one metropolitan complex spanning over two blocks.
The $514 million center was designed by Santa Barbara, Calif.–based Barton Myers Associates (design architect), Dallas' HKS Architects (executive architect), and Baker Barrios Architects of Orlando (architect). The Dr. Phillips Center is non-profit organization aiming to be a gathering place for artists, audiences, and students alike. Built on a nine-acre site, the building includes the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, the 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the Seneff Arts Plaza, the School of Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and several event rental spaces.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a press release that the center was "a vision to create a vibrant arts and culture scene to enliven our region's economic health and success."
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