Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts?
The King Center is a $12.3 million, 6-story, 100,000-square-foot facility dedicated to educational, cultural and community events. The King Center features an acoustically live, 2,016-seat main theatre; an intimate 288-seat Studio Theatre; a Crown Club VIP room where Crown Club members enjoy special benefits; a Harris Corporation-sponsored art gallery featuring monthly exhibits located in the King Center lobby; and a spacious rotunda available for receptions, weddings, corporate functions and other special events.Back to top
Where is the King Center located?
The King Center is located at the corner of Post Road and Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College.
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What type of programming is offered?
Broadway musicals; plays; symphonies; opera; blues; jazz; dance; children's theatre; comedy; drama; ballet; pop; rock; country; lectures; family shows and more.Back to top
Who benefits from the King Center?
The local community; community businesses, including local restaurants and hotels; students, faculty and staff of Eastern Florida State College; tourism development on the Space Coast; local performance groups.Back to top
Who selects the shows that are booked at the Center?
The executive director of the King Center. Block bookings are done with other halls in the State of Florida. Audience surveys are conducted to gather public input in the booking decision process.Back to top
Who owns the center?
The King Center is owned by Eastern Florida State College and is operated by the King Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Board of Directors, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The King Center is a direct support organization of Eastern Florida State College.Back to top
Is the King Center open to the public every day?
The King Center is only open for scheduled performances and events. For a schedule of upcoming King Center events, visit www.kingcenter.comBack to top
How do I rent the King Center for a wedding, event or performance space?
To inquire about Weddings or Special Events at the King Center, please call our Catering Department at 321.433-5827.
To rent one of our theatre spaces for a performance, please contact our Managing Director Tim Freese by email or at 321.433.5822 for booking availability.
What are the ticket office hours?
Normal ticket office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday (unless there is a show). From May through Labor Day, Summer Hours are in effect: noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday (unless there is a show). The ticket office is also open two hours prior to all performances in the main theatre and one hour prior to all performances in the Studio Theatre.Back to top
Where may I purchase tickets after hours?
Visit the King Center website to purchase tickets online: http://www.kingcenter.comBack to top
How do I know when tickets go on sale?
All on-sale dates for upcoming shows are listed on kingcenter.com. Click on the show you are interested in on the website for on sale dates or contact the King Center ticket office at 321.242.2219.
King Center patrons are also notified by e-mail of upcoming shows and on-sale dates. To join our e-mail list, click here.
King Center Members enjoy many benefits including the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public on exclusive pre-sale dates. Click to learn more about King Center Membership “Become a Member”
May I choose my exact seat location?
You may choose your exact seat location by visiting kingcenter.com, calling the ticket office at 321-242-2219 or visiting the ticket office in person. When you purchase tickets, you will always receive the best seats available.Back to top
May I order tickets over the telephone?
You may order tickets over the phone by calling 321-242-2219 during the ticket office hours of operation. The King Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards for phone purchases. Ticket reservations may also be secured over the phone and paid for within 7 days of making the reservation.Back to top
Are there other places where I can purchase King Center tickets?
The King Center ticket office and www.kingcenter.com are the only official ticket outlets for King Center presented events. Do not be fooled by imitators and do not pay more than you have to for tickets. Protect yourself from scams and scalpers.Back to top
Do you offer group discounts?
Groups enjoy special benefits, and discounts may be offered for select shows. Call 321-433-5824 for more information and reservations.Back to top
Why does the King Center charge ticketing fees?
As a not-for-profit organization, the King Center relies on ticketing fees to help cover increasing operating expenses, such as credit card fees, ticket printing fees and event staffing. The fees also cover various costs to operate our state-of-the-art web site, which allows you the convenience of picking your own seats, paying for your order and printing your tickets in the comfort of your home or office 24 hours a day.Back to top
Do children need tickets to enter the King Center?
For some family oriented shows, a child younger than one year old may be permitted into the theatre without a ticket, if the child will be sitting on a parent or guardian’s lap. For other shows, ALL children, including infants, must have a ticket to enter the theatre. If you are planning to bring your child to the King Center and would like to know if he or she will need a ticket, please call the ticket office at 321-242-2219 to speak to a King Center representative. This policy is subject to change without notice pending artist contractual requirements.Back to top
Does the King Center charge a fee for parking?
Ample free parking is available. Reserved parking close to the theatre is available for Main Stage performances; $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the performance.Back to top
How can I purchase a King Center gift certificate?
Gift certificates are available for purchase on kingcenter.com, at the ticket office window, or by calling 321-242-2219.
Click link to purchase a gift certificate.
How do I get on the King Center mailing list?
To receive King Center e-mails, sign up for our e-mail list on kingcenter.com. To receive King Center notices via U.S. mail, call 321-242-2219 or visit the ticket office window.
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If I join your mailing list, will you sell my personal information to advertisers?
The King Center respects the privacy and confidentiality of its customers and supporters. We do not rent, sell, trade or exchange our mailing lists or databases. The Executive Director, at his discretion, may occasionally provide certain limited information such as email address or mailing address to artist management upon request or per artist contract. The Executive Director also reserves the right to use patron email address to promote events that he feels would be of interest to our patrons and supporters. When purchasing tickets, your name, address and phone number are required so that you can be contacted about your order, or if an event is cancelled or postponed. Your name and address are added to the theatre’s mailing list to ensure that you are notified of future performances and events and other pertinent information about the theatre.Back to top
What is the King Center membership program and how do I join?
The King Center membership program provides several different levels of membership support for the King Center. Please visit the "Become a Member" section of kingcenter.com for detailed information.Back to top
What is a Crown Club and how do I join?
The Crown Club is the King Center's exclusive VIP membership program. Crown Club members pay an annual fee and receive special benefits, including advanced ticket purchases. For more information, visit the "Become a Member" section of kingcenter.com or call 321-433-5714. There currently are many membership levels available.
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What kind of Accessibility Services does the King Center Offer?
The King Center strives to make the theatre experience enjoyable and comfortable for all guests. When purchasing your tickets, please notify the Ticket Office of any accessibility requirements you may have. The King Center offers a variety of accessibility services: Parking, Ramp, Wheelchair, Assistive Listening Devices, Sign Language Interpretation, Low Vision Accessibility and Large Print Programs.
Wheelchair accessible parking spaces are located in the parking lot closest to the front of the theatre. Ramp access is marked. Wheelchair accessible seating is located on the orchestra level. Wheelchair assistance is available at the guest services/information desk in the lobby (notify any usher for assistance). If you wish to transfer from a wheelchair to a theatre seat, you can request to have your wheelchair stored during the performance. Please let guest services know if you will require assistance during intermission. After the event, the staff member will return your wheelchair to your seat. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the ground floor. Elevator access is available to the mezzanine/Crown Club level as well as row PP in the grand tier. Please be advised that the seats in the grand tier are numbered with seat 1 being the furthest away from the elevator and seat 60 being the closest. Low vision accessibility (inquire when purchasing tickets) and assistive listening devices (inquire at the guest services desk) are available upon request. Service animals are permissible. Large Print programs are available (for shows that require a printed program). Guest services representatives are happy to assist patrons.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION or TO DOWNLOAD OUR ACCESSIBILITY BROCHURE
What is a Corporate Sponsor? How do I become one?
Visit the "Sponsorship & Support" section of kingcenter.com to learn about different corporate sponsorship opportunities or call 321-433-5714.
Click for more information about becoming a Sponsor.
How do I make a tax-deductible donation for the King Center?
Visit the "Sponsorship and Support" section of kingcenter.com to learn about different ways to donate to the King Center, or call 321-433-5714.
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Who do I contact to become an exhibitor in the art gallery?
Artists interested in exhibiting at the King Center should call the King Center at 321.433.5717Back to top
When is the art gallery open?
The art gallery is open during King Center main stage performances. Click here for the art gallery's current exhibit schedule.Back to top
Does the King Center offer concessions?
The King Center concessions are open one hour before most shows. We offer Coca Cola products, bottled water, juice, and coffee. We also offer a full liquor bar, beer and wine. Snacks include hot dogs, chips, pretzels and other assorted items. Some of our shows feature a Picnic on the Patio, where grilled foods are also available for purchase.Back to top
What is a Picnic on the Patio?
The King Center hosts Picnics on the Patio two hours prior to select performances outside of the main theatre. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and potato chips are available for purchase. Click here for a schedule of upcoming Picnics on the Patio. Or visit your show’s page on our website, to check for Picnic on the Patio availability.Back to top
Are beverages allowed in the theatre?
Beverages in plastic cups are allowed in the theatre for select shows. Please ask a concessions or guest services representative before entering the theatre with your drink.
What happens if there is an emergency and the King Center must evacuate?
King Center personnel have been thoroughly trained in emergency evacuation procedures to ensure the safety of all patrons.
What is the King Center Social Media Policy?
The King Center Twitter account and Facebook page is a resource of an organization affiliated with Eastern Florida State College. Content on this page may not necessarily reflect the opinions of the College or its leadership. In addition, any and all content posted by "fans" is the property and responsibility of the fans, not EFSC, and the College accepts no liability or responsibility for any fan-posted content or target site linked to from this page. While we appreciate the exchange of ideas, conversations will be monitored and/or deleted if threatening, inappropriate, offensive or libelous language is used. Any commercial offers may be removed from the site.Back to top
How do I become a King Center Volunteer?
The King Center is supported by a large volunteer corp. If you are interested in becoming a King Center Volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information at (321) 433-5712.Back to top