The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall seats up to 350 people in the Grand Foyer. The Grand Foyer opens up to the Terrace and Bayfront Lawn, which holds an additional 1500 people.
Small groups of people may rent out the Selby Education Center, Founders Lounge and Greenroom. These areas seat around 30 people. Rental information is available on VanWezel.org.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was built in 1968 and is located on the Sarasota, Florida bayfront. It is owned and operated by the city of Sarasota, as of 2015. The doors opened in 1970 with a showing of "Fiddler on the Roof." The Hall has hosted a variety of performance arts events over the years, including world-class symphonies, dance companies, jazz artists and pop legends. Comedy acts and Broadway plays are also welcomed by the Hall.
In the year 2000, the Hall underwent a large renovation that added 25,000 square feet to the structure. The Grand Foyer and lobbies were expanded, additional restrooms were installed and the Selby Education Center was built. The renovation also included upgrades to the lighting and sound systems as well as a new stagehouse. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.