Since 1988, the six-story, 100,000-square-foot facility has been dedicated to presenting educational, cultural, and community events to the Space Coast.

The King Center features the L3Harris Technologies Theatre, an acoustically live, 2,016-seat main theatre. Our other spaces include an intimate 300-seat Studio Theatre; a gorgeous Crown Club lounge where Crown Club members enjoy exclusive benefits; and a spacious rotunda available for receptions, corporate functions, and other special events.

Our hidden gem is the Studio Theatre, seating between up to 300 guests. A more intimate venue, it is an ideal space for club-like concert events, comedy, or private functions. Located past our main lobby entrance, the Rotunda serves as the main lobby and gathering space specifically for the Studio Theatre space. Patrons will have access to concessions offering full liquor bar and snacks, and private bathrooms separate from the main hall.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for all residents of Brevard County through cultural, educational, recreational, and community arts programs, by providing access to high quality, challenging, and diverse touring and local performing arts events.


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 facilities.

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.

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.

In 1990, the King Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. was designated a state cultural institution.

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Studio Theatre

Our hidden gem is the Studio Theatre, seating between 280 and 300 guests. A more intimate venue, it is an ideal space for club-like concert events, comedy, or private functions. Past our main lobby entrance, the Rotunda serves as the main lobby and gathering space. Patrons will have access to concessions offering full liquor bar and snacks, and private bathrooms separate from the main hall.

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What our guests are saying

Awesome venue for any type of show. Not a bad seat in the house!!

...what a classy and great venue! If you are fortunate enough to attend a show here you will love this facility!!

Beautiful facility, great shows, super staff!!

The Studio shows are small, intimate settings more like a club than the theatre seating next door. You could reach out and touch someone...but don't.

Who benefits from the King Center?

All residents of Brevard County, the Space Coast, and Central Florida benefit from the King Center’s cultural events and programming. Specifically impacted are 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.

Who owns the King Center for the Performing Arts?

The King Center is owned by Eastern Florida State College and is operated and managed by ASM Global. 

Will the King Center 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 General Manager, 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 General Manager also reserves the right to use a 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 canceled 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, as well as other pertinent information about the theatre. 

What are the King Center's social media and general contest rules?

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts General Contest Rules 
(Contest rules current as of January 30, 2014) 
These are the General Contest Rules for the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.'s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other online contests or promotions. 
These rules cover the routine social media contests and promotions conducted by the King Center and may be superseded by any specific rules for major King Center contests and promotions. Contest rules may be periodically updated and changed without notice. 
The contest or promotion will take place during the dates and times specified (the Promotion Period) on social media platforms. The King Center reserves the right to change the Promotion Period without notice. Any changes will be posted on the applicable social network and on this web site ( if deemed necessary. 
To be eligible to participate in King Center contests and promotions, King Center Facebook fans and/or other social network followers must follow the rules of the contest or promotion as set forth on Facebook or Twitter. Entrants must be legal U.S. residents and at least 18 years of age. College employees working for the King Center as well as their immediate family members (children, spouse) are not eligible to win. 
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Each entrant may submit only one entry per day. Entrants must provide truthful information and the King Center reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is false or fraudulent. Any entrant that does not meet the Eligibility requirements may have his or her entry deleted from King Center social media. 
Winners of King Center contests and promotions will be notified publicly on social media during the Promotion Period as set forth by the specific contest rules. Winners will be instructed to contact the King Center via email to claim the prizes within 24 hours of the end of the Promotion Period. Should a Winner fail to claim his or her prize within 24 hours, the King Center will select the next eligible entrant as the Winner. The King Center also reserves the right to not select an alternate Winner, in which case the prize will become property of the King Center. 
Contest prizes and their values will be indicated to the Winners of the specific contests or promotions. The Winner is responsible for all taxes (Federal, State and Local) on the fair market value of the prize (i.e., tickets) issued. Winners of performance ticket prizes are required to establish official King Center ticketing accounts with the King Center to claim prizes. Unless otherwise stated in the rules of the specific contest or promotion, all prizes must be picked up by the winners at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935, during the King Center's normal business hours (Monday – Thursday, 9 AM to 5 PM). Contest Winners will be required to show a valid photo ID to claim prizes. King Center performance ticket prizes are transferable. 
Performance ticket prizes may be revoked, and Winners may be prohibited from participating in all future King Center contests and promotions if Winners are found to be in violation of Florida Stature 817.36 regarding the resale of tickets. 
King Center contests and promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any platform or network. Entrants provide information to the King Center and not the platform. Entrants release any social network from all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind related to King Center contests and promotions. 

How do I become a King Center volunteer?

The King Center is supported by a large volunteer corps. If you are interested in becoming a King Center Volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information at (321) 433-5712 or email 

How do I make a tax-deductible donation for the King Center?

You can support the King Center with charitable gifts online. You may also donate by calling (321)242-2219 or mailing your donation to King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. Checks can be made out to the King Center. 

What is a corporate sponsor? How do I become one?

Sponsorship at the King Center offers your business an incredible opportunity to increase your visibility and support the arts in Brevard County and the Space Coast. 
For more information about corporate sponsorships and media partnerships, contact Ashley Dillow at