After years of planning and more than three years of construction, the curtain is finally up on Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The expansive 330,000 square foot building consumes two city blocks in Orlando’s downtown area. The primary venue for concerts, stage shows and other live productions is the Walt Disney Theater. With 2,700 seats and two balconies, the compact space is unlike anything else in Central Florida.
A smaller venue, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, seats 300 people and will be used as a multi-purpose room.
Possibly the most impressive and imposing space is the Main Lobby. What’s being called the “theater before the theater,” the lobby spans five stories with a “Wave Wall” separating the entry way from the individual theaters.
Shortly after the ribbon cutting, a fly-through video showing the building’s main areas was released on the Dr. Phillips for the Performing Arts YouTube channel and provides a good look at the stunning new facility.