Parker Playhouse is set to undergo a $25 million transformation to take the iconic entertainment venue into the 21st century.
When Parker Playhouse opened in Fort Lauderdale in 1967, it was a catalyst in turning a sleepy beach town into a vibrant cultural community. Since that time, some of the biggest names in entertainment have graced the Parker Playhouse stage. That stage also serves as a classroom for thousands of students annually who are enriched by educational performances.
“This is truly an exciting time. Act II at the Parker will allow us to continue to provide outstanding artistic, educational and cultural programming for generations to come. The theater, known for its storied past, will reach new heights in the future,” said Kelley Shanley, president and CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which has managed the Parker since 2005.
The reimagined Parker Playhouse will retain its classic elegance with many original architectural features remaining intact. The original façade of the building will come alive in the stunning new lobby. Parker Playhouse also will feature private donor and premium lounges, a signature bar area and new hospitality experiences in addition to upgraded systems, state-of the-art equipment and advanced acoustics. The popular continental seating configuration of the theater will be maintained.
The Campaign for the Parker will be chaired by former U.S. Senator George S. LeMieux. “It is my honor to chair this committee. As a native of Broward County, I appreciate the impact the Parker has had on our community,” said LeMieux. “But its impact goes beyond entertainment. It is one of the treasures of South Florida. With this renovation, the Parker will be transformed from first class to world class.”
“We want to thank our donors and sponsors who are supporting this incredible project,” said Richard B. Welch, chair of the board of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. “To date, we have raised more than $20 million towards our $25 million goal. There are many opportunities for the public to participate in the Parker’s restoration and help us preserve its rich legacy for generations to come.”
The Broward Center anticipates breaking ground on the project in summer 2019, and construction is anticipated to be completed in time for the 2020-2021 season. For more information on these campaigns, visit ParkerPlayhouse.com/Support.