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Tempe Center for the Arts

Map & Directions 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm
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Phoenix New Times' Description

This 88,000 square foot performing and visual arts center serves the cultural community of Tempe with multiple performance and outdoor venues. Located on the banks of the Tempe Town Lake, the facility opened in September 2007 and cost some 65 million dollars to construct. The largest theater space seats 600 people in an impressive wood-clad auditorium while the smaller Studio Theater accommodates 200 people in a black box theater space. The center's gallery can open into the lobby allowing for a seamless flow from one space to the next. There's also a lake side multipurpose room, an outdoor amphitheater and two entrances to the center. The Tempe Center for the Arts is home to a number of performance groups based in Tempe including Childsplay, ConderDance, Tempe Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Wind Symphony and Desert Dance Theater. The design also includes several public art pieces including “Fireplace– trueNorth” by Mayme Kratz and Mark Ryan as well as “Aurora” by Brower Hatcher.

Merchant's Description

Tempe, Arizona is home to Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and the famous Mill Avenue. Located in the center of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and adjacent to Sky Harbor International Airport, Tempe is a diverse, innovative community of 161,000 residents, a workforce of 175,000 and a student base of approximately 200,000. The city attracts more than 4 million visitors annually.

Member Reviews

  • favias wrote a review for Tempe Center for the Arts
    on 02/21/13

    The show is a magnificent story of the universe testing us by providing challenges and choices. This life-long battle provides infinite options for one to take, but The difference between… is a journey. Once a heart dives head first down a particular path then finds itself submerged in an endless sea, it is left only two options. Either the heart sinks for a moment then... More >>

  • wrote a review for Tempe Center for the Arts
    on 05/16/12

    Please note: this performance is taking place at the Tempe Performing Arts Center (132 E. 6th St, Tempe) - not at the Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W Rio Salado Parkway)!

  • on 05/06/09

    Okay, so there's no such thing as a permanent carnival in our fair city, or even a really decent arcade where you can drop the kids off for a couple of hours of fun that's also educational. (Is there such a thing, anywhere?) But we do have our very own professional children's theater company, a rarity in a city of any size. Childsplay has been around for 31 years, during which... More >>

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  • Sally on 12/14/10

    if you see me be sure to say hello.

  • Kyle H. on 11/11/10

    Newly built, has scenic views of Tempe Town lake. Contains multiple performance spaces including an auditorium for orchestral shows as well as plays. Small, and does have theatre boxes for those to vi

  • David G. on 03/29/12

    This town has waited a long time for a replacement to the old Tempe Arts Center, where I worked, otherwise known as the public pool of the 50's. A world class art center truly worth the wait! Enjoy!

  • Tempe Tourism on 02/14/11

    Check out the FREE Gallery at the TCA. It’s open 11-6, Tuesday through Friday and 11-5 on Saturday. Well worth the visit.

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