Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Broward County, as a whole, are known for their support of the arts. In fact, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners is a strong leader in using the arts to promote the county and stimulate its economy. And it shows. Theatres dot nearly every city in the county and experience great support from the locals and the many visitors that arrive each year.
Live theatre itself presents world-class shows to eager patrons in an array of venues, both large and small. Celebrating over 47 years of great entertainment and one of the most legendary theatres in Fort Lauderdale is one of its very first performing arts venues: Parker Playhouse.
Parker Playhouse — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
This elegant neo-classical 1,191-seat theatre was established by Dr. Louis Parker in 1967 as a gift to the city. The curtain rose for the first time on February 6, 1967, with The Odd Couple, starring E.G. Marshall and Dennis O'Keefe. Today, the theatre is managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. It's a major player in the arts and helps fuel economic development in Fort Lauderdale. Along with its enticing list of performances, Parker Playhouse is also an active participant in local activities and educational programming.
Make plans to attend one of the many shows or events at Parker Playhouse and enjoy the experience of being a part of Fort Lauderdale's rich history in the performing arts.