The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is the place in Louisville where live art becomes a part of life. Presenting diverse, high-quality performances ranging from music, dance and theater to comedy, variety, children's programs and educational outreach, the Kentucky Center acts as a catalyst for both the creation and widespread enjoyment of the performing arts.
Many Performances in One Place
The Kentucky Center is home to the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Orchestra, PNC Broadway Across America – which brings the hottest touring Broadway shows to Louisville, and Stage One – Louisville’s professional theater for young audiences. In addition to performances by its resident companies, the Kentucky Center presents a dynamic roster of shows that features the likes of the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain, instrumental innovator Bela Fleck, The National Acrobats of China, perennial kids' favorite Sesame Street Live, singer Sara Watkins and much, much more.
The stunning facility, located downtown at 501 W. Main Street, houses three performance venues. The accessible facility and its services for patrons with disabilities have won numerous awards for excellence in arts access. It also has plenty of parking, event spaces suitable for groups from five to 500 and a permanent collection of public art. Memberships carry benefits such as pre-sale opportunities and invitations to special events.
The Kentucky Center's largest theater is Robert S. Whitney Hall, a 2,406-seat multipurpose concert facility capable of presenting the most elaborate productions. Its comfortable seats and uninterrupted sight lines maximize enjoyment of the theatrical experience. The theater also boasts excellent acoustics and state-of-the-art technical equipment.
The 619-seat Moritz von Bomhard Theater provides an intimate venue for concerts and smaller-scale dance and theater performances. It is home to Stage One, Louisville's family theater, and there’s not a bad seat in the house, thanks to the Bomhard’s steeply raked aisles.
The Boyd Martin Experimental Theater, known as the MeX, is the venue of choice for local arts and theater organizations. Its seating capacity of 139 and simple, “black box” configuration accommodates a range of innovative productions.
The Kentucky Center also manages the restored W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre on West Broadway. The ornate, 1,400-seat showplace is a favorite concert venue among Louisvillians. Outfitted with the latest technology, the luxurious house recalls the glory days of the city’s historic theater district.
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