The Kravis Center is one of the most prominent arts venues in the Southeast, presenting hundreds of events annually at its facility in downtown West Palm Beach. The Kravis Center occupies 10.6 acres on the highest point in downtown Palm Beach, on land occupied for 60 years by the Connie Mack Baseball Field, which once served as spring training camp for baseball teams the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns.
The prospect of a multi-purpose performing arts venue had been a dream of the citizens of Palm Beach since the 1950s, but only decades later were funding and public support enough to make it a reality. The Kravis Center opened in 1992 with a gala event featuring Isaac Stern, Leontyne Price, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Its facility contains three performance venues, the Alexander J. Dreyfoos Concert Hall (seating 2,193), Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse (a 300-seat black box theater), and the Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre, an outdoor venue seating 1,400.
Local and regional arts companies that perform regularly at the Kravis include Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, and Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops.
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Good. Trolley service offered between Kravis and various downtown locations. Also accessible by Tri-Rail (West Palm Beach station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 800 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($25-150) depending on event and seating choice
- Group Sales: 10% discount on tickets to groups of 20-49, 15% to groups of over 50
- Subscriptions/Membership: Individual membership begins at $75 annually; benefits include advance ticket privileges, priority access to Kravis on Broadway, subscriptions to Center publications, and more.