Bob Carr Theater
The Bob Carr Theater is a major performing arts auditorium in Orlando, Florida and seats 2,518. It was part of the larger Orlando Centroplex organization which manages several facilities. It is now operated by the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The site has been a center for performing arts since 1926, when the Orlando Municipal Auditorium was built. The auditorium was extensively modernized and enlarged between 1975 and 1977, at a cost of $2,300,000, and was renamed for former Orlando Mayor Bob Carr. The original Municipal Auditorium facade remains intact on the interior of the building. Additional modernization was done in 1991.
The auditorium is home to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, the former Orlando Opera, and a variety of other shows, exhibits, and events. The Dr. Phillips Center continues to book shows and events at Bob Carr Theater.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts took over operations of the Bob Carr Theater in September 2014. It will continue to provide a home for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra until the Acoustical Theater is completed in 2018 on the campus of the Dr. Phillips Center. Upon completion of the Acoustical Theater, Bob Carr Theater will be re-purposed and may be renovated to be used as a world class video gaming competition complex or as part of the proposed Creative Village.
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