Whitney Hall is one of the three venues inside The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Also known as The Kentucky Center, it is a major performing arts center in the state of Kentucky. It is home to the Kentucky Opera,
and the Louisville Ballet. Aside from Whitney Hall, the Moritz von Bomhard Theatre and Boyd Martin Theatre are the other two performance halls in the venue. It is the largest of the performance halls in the Center with 2,406 seats available. Its name comes from the Louisville Orchestra founding conductor Robert S. Whitney. The Kentucky Center has hosted numerous concerts and other live performances since it opened in November 1983. Singers Ray Charles and
, comedians Jim Carrey and Bill Cosby and U.S. presidents
and George W. Bush were among those who used the center's stage in the past. You can secure Whitney Hall tickets at StubHub for any event at the center.
What accessibility services are offered at Whitney Hall?
The Kentucky Center's Access Services Program provides a wide range of services for people with disabilities attending any kind of Whitney Hall event. For patrons who use a wheelchair, it offers barrier-free access on all seating and parking levels. It even has a few courtesy wheelchairs that can be loaned. Patrons with hearing loss or those who are deaf can request infrared or radio frequency hearing devices to provide amplification of sound in all performance halls of The Kentucky Center. Blind patrons are also cared after by the center. It offers audio description for patrons who have visual disabilities, which is offered through a small radio frequency receiver.
Is there on-site parking?
Yes, patrons of The Kentucky Center can conveniently park their car in its two-level parking garage. The parking facility has 341 spaces, with 11 parking spaces available for people with disabilities. It also has three elevators located on the northeast and southwest sides of the garage. Additionally, there are other parking garages surrounding The Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.
What food and beverage offerings are available at and nearby Whitney Hall?
Small plates eatery SCENE at the center offers food service two hours before any Whitney Hall event. While food service ends as the curtain opens, beverage service continues throughout the performance and even extends on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also numerous restaurants minutes away from the center. Buckhead Mountain Grill, Bourbons Bistro and The Comfy Cow are some of the many options.
Are there hotels near Whitney Hall?
Downtown Louisville is packed with hotels ready to accommodate both locals and tourists alike. Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown, Hyatt Regency Louisville and Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown are some accommodations available.
Are there attractions in the center and nearby?
Yes, there is a tourist attraction sure to fulfill every resident and tourist exploring the city before or after a Whitney Hall event. Aside from enjoying a live performance at one of its performance halls, The Kentucky Center also offers guided tours of its collection of 20th century pieces of art. The collection features works from renowned artists including Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet and Tony Smith. There is also a Facility Tour available. It is an hour-long tour that takes participants backstage and through artworks displayed at the main lobby.
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