The City of Sarasota Presents the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
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Roskamp Auditorium

  Roskamp Auditorium  

The beautiful, 1741 seat, Roskamp Auditorium was renovated in 2001 thanks to a generous $1,000,000 contribution from Sarasota residents Bob and Diane Roskamp. The original continental seat theatre was designed by commissioned chief architect, William Wesley Peters. Legend performers such as Tony Bennett have been known to express their regard of the acoustical dynamics by stopping the orchestra to present an acappella solo to the audience in appreciation.

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Grand Foyer

The Grand Foyer

The 6,000 square foot Grand Foyer comfortably seats 35-350, and opens onto the Terrace and Bayfront Lawn accommodating an additional 1500.

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  Gift Shop

Van Wezel Gift Shop

Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir of your visit to the Van Wezel or a gift for someone special. The Van Wezel Gift Shop is open one hour prior to each performance and during intermission, and includes everything from beautiful postcards and photographs to classical polo shirts (in our favorite color - purple!) and much more.

Facility Information
Smoking is forbidden in any part of the Hall. Smoking areas with ash urns are located outside all doors.

Elevators are available in both lobbies for easy access to all levels of the Hall, including the Grand Foyer and Auditorium.

Valet parking
Valet parking is available.

The Parking Lot
The parking lot accommodates 850 vehicles and is accessible from 10th Street and Sixth Street (Boulevard of the Arts) from U.S. 41 (North Tamiami Trail). Please note: Regulations for designated parking areas are posted throughout the parking lot. Violators will be ticketed.

Lost & found
Lost & found articles should be turned in or claimed at the information desk in the Main Lobby. Items are held for 30 days.

The management IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for personal apparel or other property of patrons. Patrons are advised to take coats and other personal items with them whenever they leave their seats.
Doctors who are on call during performances are requested to put their pagers on vibrate or silent position.

Cell phones
Digital watches, cell phones, beepers, and other noise-making digital equipment must be turned off for the entirety of the performance.

The photographing or sound recording of any Hall-sponsored performance, or the possession of any such photographic or recording equipment inside this theater, without written permission, is PROHIBITED.

Cough Drops
Cough drops are available at the information desks located under the stairs in the Main and Bayside lobbies.

Restrooms for ladies and gentlemen are located in both lobbies and off the Grand Foyer.


Some artists and productions may include an aerosol simulated fog effect. This fog is intended for public performance, but persons who are asthmatic or who suffer from allergies should identify themselves to house personnel so that they may be seated where there is the least possibility of discomfort.