The Kravis Center Expansion

Ali Kane
Posted by Ali Kane
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Construction has been ongoing at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts since May 2018. The popular West Palm Beach theater is in the middle of a $50 million-dollar renovation expected to be completed in 2020. The expansion project is part of their “Kravis 2020: The Future is Now” vision which plans to improve the audience experience without adding more theater seats.

The 22-month renovation plans call for to enlarge the front lobby to allow for more guests, update the front garden area for a larger pedestrian plaza facing Okeechobee Boulevard, and to change the traffic patterns to and around the venue. The parking garage will soon have another exit and entrance area directly onto Okeechobee Boulevard in addition to the original Tamarind Avenue side. A new parking garage will be built as part of the plans along Sapodilla Avenue with valet parking much closer to the facility. Other updates include all new and improved technology that is needed for the box office and customer service. The project’s general contractor is the Weitz Company and Leo A. Daly is in charge of the engineering and architecture.

Every year the Kravis Center brings in more than 500,000 people to see performances and shows. The theater is the number 1 theater in Florida and number 7 in the world, with under 10,000 seats. The money is coming from fundraising and donation efforts and the center is about a third of the way there and they strongly believe that they will reach their fundraising goal by the time the project is finished.

The Raymond E. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is an American non-profit, professional performing arts centers located in West Palm Beach. The Center hosts several events and performances through the year including Broadway Shows, Comedy Acts, Lectures, Concerts and Musical Acts. The center has four theaters, the Concert Hall, Rinker Playhouse, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, and the Helen K. Persson Hall. In addition to the four theaters, the center also has the Gimelstob Ballroom, Cohen Pavilion and the Weiner Banquet Center.

The Kravis Center remains open during the construction with concerts, Broadway Show series, and much more. Click here to view the performance calendar.

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.


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