lundi 1 juillet 2013

Top Theaters in Jacksonville

By Jonas Fredrickson

Jacksonville is home to a substantial number of top quality performance locations, theaters and concert halls. With cutting edge acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities and amenities in addition to beautiful design and aesthetics drawing from historic roots, most theaters in Jacksonville are buildings that've been revived and rebuilt from their architectural origins between 1919 and the 1930's. Below you will find a list with some of the top theaters Jacksonville has to offer to its residents and of course, its visitors.

Times Union Performing Arts Center

Found in central Jacksonville, the Times Union Performing Arts Center is one of the largest and most high-profile of the Jacksonville theaters promoting arts, culture and performance. Up to date offerings includes Ron White, Kelly Clarkson, Wicked and the Jacksonville Symphony. The TUPAC hosts diverse events in it's multi venue facility, including the Terry Theatre, the Moran Theater which seats 3,000 guests, the Jacoby Symphony Hall, and the Veterans Commemorative Arena.

The Veterans Commemorative Arena hosts Jacksonville College Basketball and gigantic name acts like JImmy Buffet and Lady Antebellum. The Prime F. Osborn III Convention center is host to Expos, shows and other events in its 265,000 square feet of space. The Convention Center was once a railroad station before its conversion and keeps its important architecture. Whichever locale visitors experience, TUPAC is the premiere location to test for big name acts in all of its Jacksonville theaters, as well as music, comedy, celebrity, sports and events.

The Florida Theatre

With 200 entertainment and cultural events annually, The Florida Theatre hosts jazz, rock, blues, pop and more. Located in central along the St. Johns River, The Florida Theatre hosts 250,000 guests annually and is recognised as amongst the best concert venues in Florida and the Southeast, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Performers at this theatre built in 1927 have included Gordon Lightfoot, Greg Allman and "A John Waters Christmas", in addition to being the performance venue for the Florida Ballet. The venue itself has excellent acoustics and is decorated in an elegant and opulent style fitting its roots and its present position as one of the premiere concert halls in Jacksonville. This is a must-stop-by.

Theatre Jacksonville

Beginning in 1919, Theatre Jacksonville is one of, if not the longest running community theaters in Jacksonville. Along with performances, the theatre offers acting and theatre classes for every age and interests. Past performances have included The Storm, Hamlet, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, An Inspector Calls, Over the Stream and Through the Woods, Seussical, Hi Dolly and more.

Performers and artists concerned in Theatre Jacksonville are volunteers with a high level of experience and data that put their hearts and time into the quality performances at the theatre. Theatre Jacksonville can accommodate a good sized audience, but is a perfect sized fit for a theatre experience that involves more intimate contact than a larger, more high profile locale.

Jacksonville Theatre Guild

Offering productions the whole family can enjoy, the Jacksonville Theatre Guild performs out of the Studio Theatre with comedies, musicals and eccentric feel really good theatre. Past and current productions include Lend Me a Tenor and fanciful offerings like "Drac's Back", focused on the way in which the night unfolds when scholars on a field trip take refuge from a thunderstorm in the castle of Dexter Drackman, who is really Dracula in disguise.

Jacoby Symphony Hall at Times Union Performing Arts Center

Found at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacoby Symphony Hall is one of the few concert halls in the country dedicated only to a symphony orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The Hall's capacity seats 1,800 guests and was designed by universally acclaimed acousticians Kirkegaard & Associates and KBJ Architects and Rothman, Rothman & Heineman designers.

This is for sure the best theater in Jacksonville.

Metropolitan Park

An outdoor venue with a canopied 2,400 square foot stage, Metropolitan Park plays host to several events and out of doors concerts including the Spring Music Festival, Sector of States Celebration and annual Jacksonville Jazz Holiday. Past performers have included James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jackson Brown and the Beach Boys. Events at the amphitheater at Metropolitan Park offer a fantastic experience along the St. John's stream with covered picnic shelters, children's play area, a 27-acre park and event related facilities to make any visit notable.

UNF Fine Arts Center.

Made up of The Performance Hall, the Lazzara Performance Hall, and the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, the UNF Fine Arts Center serves both the Varsity and Jacksonville residents. UNF venues host a mix of entertainers, musicians and performances as well as offering lectures, training conventions, receptions, social events and workshops. Contemporary performances at UNF have included Chamber Music, Flute Day, piano recitals and jazz like the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. "Movies on the House" offers more non-traditional films every other Thursday at 7pm on a large screen at the Robinson Theater, with complimentary popcorn and prizes. The aim of "Movies on the House", known around campus as MOTH, is to screen films viewers and fans wouldn't typically be able to see on the big screen, and to foster an environment of community in the audience.

Freebird Live

Well known commonly as a Jacksonville spot for onstage music, the Freebird Cafeteria books both nationally known artists as well as area and local music, making it the perfect spot to see what music in Jacksonville is truly like. Freebird Live's performance space houses 700 guests standing room only and offers perspectives from the floor and a railed balcony that overlooks the stage.

The location has an exterior smoking balcony and two full bars with a upper level balcony area for 21+ visitors; other areas are designated as all ages. Freebird Live showcases mostly rock artists, like recent performers Anberlin, Diplo and Attack Attack! Freebird Live is across the Sea Walk Pavilion, in downtown.

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