Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, commonly called The Arsht Center, is Florida's largest performing arts center and is located on Biscayne Boulevard in the Omni neighborhood of Downtown, Miami, Florida, United States. It is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States.
The Center was partly built on the grounds of a former Burdines department store; it was an Art Deco building constructed in 1929, predating the Art Deco hotels on Ocean Drive. It was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1997 as Sears, Roebuck and Company Department Store. However, by 2001, the only surviving part of the original structure was a seven-story tower built by Sears, the space's successor. The department store space itself had been demolished. It was decided to preserve the tower and incorporate it into the new performing arts center.
The Arsht Center is the headquarters and home of the Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet. The New World Symphony also regularly performs at the Knight Concert Hall.
The Center opened as the "Carnival Center" (later to be renamed the Arsht Center in 2008) with a grand opening on October 5, 2006 with many famous performers, politicians and movie stars attending, including Gloria Estefan, Jeb Bush, Andy García and Bernadette Peters.
The Arsht Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at Government Center Station and directly by the Metromover's Adrienne Arsht Center Station.
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