The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in 1988. Since that time, it has had a profound impact on the cultural and artistic landscape of Brevard County and Central Florida. The need for a performing arts center in Brevard County had been apparent for many years. Periodically, task forces were formed to try to garner the necessary funds, but each time the costs were deemed prohibitive and the idea was abandoned.
Under the leadership of Dr. Maxwell C. King, former president of Brevard Community College, the means to achieve this goal became a reality. Enrollment patterns at BCC indicated that south Brevard was evolving into the population center of the area. As the Melbourne campus of BCC began to reflect a pattern of growth, the college was then able to justify the construction of an auditorium—one that would not only fulfill the needs of the college, but also the long-identified cultural needs of Brevard County. The 1983 Florida State Legislature provided the funds for preliminary planning and design work for the center. Subsequent legislative funding for construction became available in 1985 and 1986 for the $12.3 million facility.
The Brevard Performing Arts Center was completed in the spring of 1988. Designed as a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility, the theatre offered a diverse array of programming, including popular artists, Broadway touring shows, classical artists, ballet and contemporary dance, opera, country music artists, family-o
A Peter White Christmas
A Peter White Christmas is live to Melbourne. Get your tickets now as it is on sale at King Center for the Performing Arts.
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American saxophonist. His 1986 album, Duotones, brought him commercial success. He is coming to Melbourne soon at King Center for the Performing Arts
A Christmas Carol
at King Center for the Performing Arts
The King Center presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Sleeping Beauty
This production is sure to bring the celebration of true love onto our stage and into our hearts! A captivating and endearing ballet for the entire family! Be sure not to miss it!
Jay Leno at King Center
The King Center presents an AEG Presents production: JAY LENO
The King Center is a $12.3 million, 6-story, 100,000-square-foot facility dedicated to educational, cultural and community events.
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