King Center for the Performing Arts
|Former names||Brevard Performing Arts Center|
|Location||3865 North Wickham Rd|
|Owner||Eastern Florida State College|
|Type||Performing arts center|
|Capacity||2,000 seat main theater|
|Opened||10 April 1988|
|King Center website|
The King Center or the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue located at 3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida. The main theater of the 126,000 square feet (11,700 m2) facility contains 2,016 seats. There is also a 250-seat venue named the Studio Theatre or the Black Box in the facility.
The Florida Legislature approved funds for initial design work in 1983 and construction between 1985-86 for the $12.3 million facility. On April 10, 1988, the venue opened under the name Brevard Performing Arts Center with two sold out performances of Singin' in the Rain. The next year, the named changed to Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts.
The King Center presents more than 115 shows annually.
The center employs 10 full-time and 57 part-time employees. There are 400 volunteers.
Endowment was $3.5 million in 2009.
In 2009, it needed $2 million in repairs. It lost $911,000 in 2008. Management estimated that they would lose $700,000 in 2009.
- Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. "Our Mission & History" Archived 2009-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts website, 2007-2008. Retrieved on January 06, 2008.
- Florida Today. The Fact Book: Your Guide to Brevard County (Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today, February 28, 2004), p. 117.
- Datzman, Ken. "Boston Pops to perform here as main event for King Center celebration", Brevard Business News, vol. 30, no. 40 (Melbourne, Florida: Brevard Business News, 1 October 2012), pp. 1 and 16.
- Spitzer, Michelle (21 February 2010). "Battle-worn board defends its worth". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A.
- Spitzer, Michelle (4 December 2009). "King Center eases concerns over losses". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A.
Marquee sign at the King Center
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