Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
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Formation 1992
Type Theatre group
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
Artistic director(s)
Judith Mitchell

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is an American not-for-profit, professional performing arts center in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.



In 1978, the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts was created by Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr.. The council's goals focused on the development of local arts, and sought to create a major performing arts center following the success of the Palm Beach Playhouse. In 1986, friends of Raymond F. Kravis raised a $5 million donation in his honor, beginning construction for the eventual 1992 opening. The donation, headed by Leonard Davis and Merrill Bank, grew to $10 million before 1992, and the two remain on the Center's committee.

The grand opening was held in September 1992, a gala that included performances and speeches from Burt Reynolds, Ella Fitzgerald, Lily Tomlin, and more.


Since the Kravis Center's twentieth year, the facilities include four venues - the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, the 289-seat Rinker Playhouse, and the 170-seat Helen K. Persson Hall. Additionally, the Kravis Center's facilities include the Cohen Pavilion, housing the Weiner Banquet Center and the Gimelstob Ballroom, The Elmore Family Business Center for the Arts, and The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center, which includes Persson Hall and The Khoury Family Dance Rehearsal Hall. [1]

In March 2016, the Kravis Center became the first performing arts center in the world to install a custom-designed digital organ. The project was funded by Alexander W. Dreyfoos.[2]

To date, the Center has opened the door to the performing arts for more than 2 million school children as well as thousands of economically disadvantaged senior citizens, minorities and community groups.


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