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. Today, the 126,000-square-foot facility includes a 2016-seat performing arts hall, 250-seat Studio Theatre, art display areas, dance studios and rehearsal halls. In addition, the facility is available for meetings, weddings, business functions, graduations and other private events.
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.
Brevard Community College – now, Eastern Florida State University, is a state agency which owns the King Center. The facility is managed by a separate 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is a subsidiary of Eastern Florida State College. In 1990, the King Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. was designated a state cultural institution and a direct support organization of EFSC.
King Center Seating Chart
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs its Signature Six and Matinee Series concerts in the 2,000 seat main theater of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. For most BSO concerts, all of the Main Floor seating is utilized, as well as Rows AA-LL in the Grand Tier. The King Center is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.