Hillsborough County and community residents recently came together to celebrate the grand opening of the new Tampa Performing Arts Center. It is a 20,000 square foot cultural facility at 8551 Hunters Village Road. The New Tampa Performing Arts Center is set to host plays, concerts, cultural events and more early next year. It will be a great local venue supporting local acts and free events for public enjoyment.
New home for new Tampa players
One group that will call the facility home is the New Tampa Players. It is a community theater organization established in 2002 that currently operates out of the University Mall space. The opening of the Tampa Performing Arts Center offers them a new home. With new opportunities to connect with the community through classes, performances and more.
“Over the past 20 years, we’ve made strides in building New Tampa’s artistic community and we’ve done a job that I’m so proud of. But I can’t wait for all of us to see how New Tampa players and New Tampa’s entire arts community will be able to thrive with affordable, reliable, and permanent housing here at the New Tampa Performing Arts Center,” said Nora Paine, Production Artistic Director of The New Tampa Players.
Facilities of the establishment
The facility includes a 348-seat theatre/purpose hall with a stage, walkway and orchestra pit.
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Additional equipment includes:
- four studios/multipurpose rooms
- A catering/service kitchen
- Concession stands
- Ticket office and lobby
- Parking for 215 vehicles
The design of the building also allows for an extension to 30,000 square feet with a future second floor. With current capacity, however, the Performing Arts Center will be able to accommodate theater productions, dance performances and recitals, concerts, classes, private events, and more.
The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners approved construction of the $7.3 million center in May 2021, and the facility is expected to open to the public early next year.
The New Tampa Performing Arts Center is the third arts-focused facility outside of downtown Tampa owned by Hillsborough County. Other entertainment and programming facilities for county residents and visitors:
- Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa
- Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE to Ruskin.