West Palm Beach City Commissioners have approved the $40 million-dollar renovation for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in downtown West Palm Beach.
The Raymond E. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is an American non-profit, professional performing arts center that host several events and shows throughout the year. The calendar of events includes Broadway Musicals, Concerts, Comedians, Musical Arts, Lectures, Seminars, and much more. The center has four theaters, the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Hall, Concert Hall, Rinker Playhouse, and the Helen K. Persson Hall. The center also includes the Gimelstob Ballroom, Cohen Pavilion, and the Weiner Banquet Center.
The Kravis Center was built 30 years ago when the downtown area wasn’t developed and booming like it is today. The Kravis Center won city approval earlier this week and will undergo renovations to expand and update the current facility.
The plan is to update the front gardens to allow for a larger pedestrian plaza facing Okeechobee Boulevard and enlarge the front lobby to allow for more space for guests. The center also has plans to change the traffic flow to and around the venue. Vehicles exiting the parking garage will soon be able to exit either directly onto Okeechobee Boulevard or the original Tamarind Avenue exit. In addition to the existing garage, a new parking garage will be built along Sapodilla Avenue that will bring valet parking much closer to the facility. Other updates include new and improved technology that is needed for customer service and the box office.
Construction for the project is expected to start this summer and finish in the fall of 2019, and The Kravis Center has a full schedule of events coming up. Click here to view the performance calendar.
The Raymond E. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.