About the King Center

King Center Seating Map

King Center Directions and Parking

King Center Health & Safety Updates

For over a quarter of a century, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra has been the Orchestra-in-Residence at the King Center for the Performing Arts.

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 facility.

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 College (EFSC), 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.

Source: KingCenter.com


Everyone deserves to come to the symphony! According to the King Center for Performing Arts, the following services are offered:

  • Assistive listening support is available through Listen Everywhere from Listen Technologies.
    • Download the free LISTEN EVERYWHERE app from Listen Technologies on your smart phone.
    • Connect to our venue’s wireless network: MainStage-Listen or Studio-Listen if event is in the Studio Theatre. This network does not provide internet service. 
    • Audio is delivered to your phone with your own headphones on your device.
  • Accessible seating is available on the orchestra level. 
  • Wheelchair is available for temporary use for entrance to the venue. 
  • King Center offers wheelchair, walker, and other mobility device storage. Once you reach your seats, a user can store your assistive device for the duration of the performance. Please let guest services know if you will need assistance during intermission. After the event, the staff member will return your wheelchair to your seat. 
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms. 
  • Elevator access. The grand tier level of the theatre is not wheelchair accessible. However, an elevator is located at house left and accesses 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.
  • Large print programs (upon request through the BSO Office 3 weeks prior to concert date) are available upon request at the lobby information desk. 
  • Admittance granted for service animals. Service animals are defined as dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Emotional support animals do not qualify as a Service Animal.

Please contact the King Center Box Office at (321) 242-2219 with any questions or concerns related to the venue. 

King Center Parking & Directions

The King Center is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida, on the corner of Post Road and Wickham Road on the campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Parking at the King Center

Free, ample parking is available to all King Center guests. A limited number of reserved parking spaces close to the theater are available for the following fees: $8 in advance/$10 on performance day. To purchase your parking pass in advance, call the King Center ticket office at 321.242.2219.

Directions to the King Center

The King Center is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida, on the corner of Post Road and Wickham Road on the campus of Eastern Florida State College.

From Interstate 95:

  • Take Exit 191 (CR-509/Wickham Road) toward Satellite Beach/Patrick Air Force Base.
  • Turn east onto CR-509/Wickham Road and take the road for about 7 miles.
  • Turn left onto Post Road.
  • The King Center entrance is on the south side of Post Road.

To learn about BSO Season Subscription options, please call the BSO Office at (321) 345-5052.

BSO Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

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