The Cherry on Top of Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center

The Dr. Phillips Center, named for a heavyweight in the Orlando area’s early-to-mid 20th century citrus industry, is an impressive performing arts center, school and event space. A portion of the Center opened in 2014, but it was begun years earlier. This year marks the completion of its last phases. A large celebration was held this week for the opening of Steinmetz Hall which included live entertainment and a free tour of all of the Dr. Phillips’ center’s spaces, with the exception of Judson’s, a small venue which will open later this year.

Here are few photos of the Center’s lawn and grand central staircase.

As one of the world’s most acoustically perfect spaces, Steinmetz Hall let’s guests enjoy a range of performances—with or without amplification—by local, national and international artists. The one-of-a-kind multiform theater transforms in shape, seating and sound to accommodate a variety of art forms and events, making it a destination of choice for the world’s most revered and relevant artists. (from the Dr. Philips Center website)

Steinmetz Hall ceiling

There are no Mouse Ears here, although there is a nod to the Mouse in the name of the largest theater onsite, the Walt Disney Theater. I have posted about an experience in that theater in 2021, when I attended an Orlando Ballet performance – A Careful Indulgence .

Cheers to the years of fundraising, planning and building that went into this Center. A job well done!

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