The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has been voted four times the state’s best venue for dance, theatre and music by Kentucky Monthly magazine readers. It is home to many of the state’s major performing arts organizations, including the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One and PNC Bank Broadway Across America.
In addition to the three theatres contained within the main facility at 501 Main Street (Robert S. Whitney Hall, Moritz von Bomhard Theatre, and the Boyd Martin Experimental Theatre), the Kentucky Center manages the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre at 315 West Broadway. The Center’s venues accommodate everything from symphony orchestras to ballet performances to black box theatre. For three weeks during the summer, it is home to the Governor’s School for the Arts in Lexington, where hundreds of high school students receive training in the performing arts.
The Kentucky Center also incorporates the visual arts in its cultural mission, housing works by important 20th century masters such as Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, and Joan Miro.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Information
- Other Venues: W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway
- Public Transportation: Good (both locations are easily accessible by several bus lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 300 performances annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary widely (free-$100) depending on event and seating choice
- Subscriptions/Membership: Individual annual membership starts at $100; benefits include priority seating, special event invitations and discounts, discounts at local eateries, and more.