The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts confirmed for Bungalower their opening date today. Up until this point the staff has been saying Fall 2014.

Now we know the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will officially hold a ribbon cutting event on November 6.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by a full week of events.

Some of the events for the grand opening week, originally reported by Matt Palm and confirmed by Bungalower, are:

  • Community open house
  • Free performances
  • Free outdoor concert on the CNL Arts Plaza
  • Donor gala
  • First performance in the Walt Disney Theater following the gala
  • Local arts groups will be invited to participate

The entertainment for the opening week will be handled by AEG Live.

Dr. Phillips Center staff tell Bungalower that the lineup of grand opening events will be made available later this month.

The building currently includes the large Walt Disney Theater, a community theater, lobby space, event rooms and an outdoor arts plaza. [Read more about what’s in Phase 1 and Phase 2 here]

The next major change to the area will be the demolition of the round building to make room for the CNL Arts Plaza. This will happen after the Dr. Phillips staff move from that building into the Dr. Phillips Center in the spring.

You can learn more about the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in our photo tour here.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as the opening date gets closer.

Rendering courtesy Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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  1. Do you know what is happening with the old Coral Cables Federal Bldg? I believe it was also First Union Bank in later years? Wasn’t it supposed to be demolished?

  2. Hi Shane, No parking is being added for the building. This is mentioned in the story that tours through the building. There are six garages within a five minute walk of the building. It will actually be good for downtown that patrons will be walking a block or two versus places like Amway where they are using a bridge to connect the building to a garage.

  3. When is the parking garage being built? Parking is going to be a real challenge. Isn’t a parking garage supposed to go where the old Coral Gables Federal Bank Building is?

  4. Can’t wait! Just another great step towards making Orlando a “real” urban center. We need this!