Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City

4.8
Theater · Concert / Show
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA, at 16th and Broadway, near the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. Its construction was a major part of the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Kansas City.

The Center was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, no taxpayer funds went into its construction. The City of Kansas City contributed to and operates a parking garage adjacent to the Kauffman Center.

It is the performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet which in the past performed at the Lyric Theatre, eight blocks north of the center. The Kauffman Center houses two unique performance venues: Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.

According to its website, the Kauffman Center's mission is "to enrich the lives of communities throughout the region, country and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences".

The Kauffman Center seeks to fulfill this mission by offering a wide selection of performances, and also by offering specific programs to connect with the youth in the Kansas City area.
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  • Helzberg Hall is the one-half of the Kauffman where the Kansas City Symphony plays. The warm maple wood throughout, the excellent seating, the changeable lighting and, of course, the excellent...  more »
  • Not a bad seat in the house! We saw the Nutcracker here and loved it. Easy to park right on site, quick access to the bars, and courteous staff. Be sure to take in the views of the city!  more »
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  • Really enjoyed the theater. We saw a ballet of Thee Wizard of Oz, which was amazing. The gift shop was nice and of course a little pricey but that is to be expected. The layout and design is beautiful. Staff that I interacted with was very friendly and helpful with directions around the place being that it was my first time. The bathrooms were nice and clean. The architecture is just incredible. Will definitely be back.
  • First time visiting venue. Very impressed! I planned ahead and bought a parking voucher, so parking was a breeze. Easy in and out. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. The inside is absolutely beautiful! The rows are divided, with a bar separating 8 seats, so you really only have 4 people in your row, so people walking over you is greatly reduced. Each seat has it's own arm rest, no fighting for an arm rest! Leg room is tight for tall people, my 6' friend was a bit cramped. I really don't think there is a bad seat in the house! Would recommend Kauffman in a heartbeat!

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