Miami Venues for Performing Arts

August 10, 2012

It’s not just the beaches and the awesome nightlife that Miami is famous for. Did you know, it’s also regarded as one of the best performing arts capitals in the USA?

Since their formation, Coconut Grove and South Beach have made a name for themselves as two of the most important locations in the country for the performing arts. Various Miami theatrical arts venues are generally thought to be among the best around the globe, exactly the reason why both seasoned and emerging artists gather here to experience the vibe and gain inspiration. A few notable venues are listed here:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

The most prized of the Miami theatrical arts recently opened after years of planning, construction, and fundraising. Located at Biscayne Boulevard between NE 13th and 14th Streets of Miami, the Arsht Center has three main venues: Zill Ballet Opera House, the Knight Concert Hall, and the Carnival Studio Theater. The Florida Grand Opera, the Concert Association of Florida and the New World Symphony have found their home here.

Coconut Grove Playhouse

The first US public performance of the absurdist play Waiting for Gordot was done at the Playhouse. This theater at 3500 Main Highway, Coconut Grove has subsequently introduced plays that eventually moved to Broadway, including Sunshine Boys and the Big Love. Due to the mounting up of debt, it remains closed even to this day.


Often showcasing both original and Shakespearean productions, GableStage has been residing in various Miami locations before finally and permanently settling in Biltmore. Located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, this playhouse used to be known as The Florida Shakespeare Theater.

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

The Gusman Center started in 1926 as a silent theater at 174 East Flagler Street, Miami. Since then, it has consistently captivated the spectators with its grand architectural design alone.  A number of orchestras, dance performers, and film fests have found their home in the Gusman Center. Notable examples include the Miami Film Festival, Maximum Dance Company, and The Florida Philharmonic.

New Theatre

In 1986, this playhouse began as a performance by a married couple. Situated at 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables, New Theatre entertains audiences, a fifth of which is composed of students that go to schools and universities in Miami. Plays that stimulate, provoke, and challenge are shown to the eager youth in order to preserve theatrical arts in their generation.

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