Maxwell C. King Center, Melbourne

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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-oriented events and children’s theatre. Today, the 126,000-square-foot facility includes a 2016-seat performing arts hall, 250-seat Studio Theatre, art display areas, dance studios and rehearsal halls. In addition, the facility is available for meetings, weddings, business functions, graduations and other private events.

In the summer of 1989, the Brevard Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the facility the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in honor of the college’s president who had been instrumental in making the center a reality. The King Center continues to fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life on the Space Coast.

Brevard Community College, a state agency, owns the King Center. The facility is managed by a separate 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is a subsidiary of Brevard Community College. In 1990, the King Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. was designated a state cultural institution and a direct support organization of BCC.

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  • Once again we visited the Center for a Concert. Renovations are being done and hopefully the sound system will be included. Very good seating plan as you can see stage from just about anywhere. Tv’s i...  more »
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  • Every community needs something like the King Center. It's a place to enjoy local talent, see world famous performing artists along with unique and different styles of live entertainment. While the venue is certainly not the most impressive I've ever seen, it's really quite nice and is currently being remodeled, so they get an A for effort there. The main auditorium is designed well but it's not very eye-catching. The acoustics aren't bad, but quite honestly it's a very plain design, with zero artistic flair or personality. I have no idea if they're going to try and spice things up in the remodeling, but I truly think they should. But hey, it's not horrible and it works. The house is small enough that there really are no bad seats and quite a few very good ones. The in-house video system for the balcony is relatively small but still functional. No review is complete without the ever-popular Bathroom Reference. The bathrooms at the King Center, while always clean and operational (Big Gold Star there) are also always a bottleneck. Now obviously that's a tough problem to solve when an entire auditorium all wants to hit the restroom during the same ten minute intermission and hopefully the remodeling will address the problem, alleviating some of those long dang lines, with people nervously tapping their feet or dancing in place. Drinks and snacks are available for relatively reasonable prices, but I seldom take advantage of that service. (It just means more trips to the restroom! Yes. I'm old.) The staff at the King Center are always helpful and cheerful and seem like the kind of person you'd like to have as a neighbor, (as opposed to the obnoxious guy with the dog that doesn't stop barking). We've been to the King Center countless times and will most certainly go again. We look forward to seeing the remodeling changes and the performing artists lined up in the future.
  • Another awesome Classic Albums Live concert! These musicians are incredible; certainly one of the best deals around. The King Center is an awesome venue for concerts, and the classic albums live concerts are the best value for your hard earned money. It's also a great venue for when you're favorite group comes to town, great seating and acoustics, close by, and easy to drive to and from. Try it once, and you'll become a King Center aficionado as have the rest of us 🎼🎶🎵

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