Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Beach, VA - Performing Arts Center & Theatre

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The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is the leading arts and entertainment building in Hampton Roads. The Sandler Center enriches the lives of residents and guests by providing great and diverse performances, experiences and educational programs for the arts. The Sandler Center serves as a home for regional and community arts organizations that contribute to the arts and culture of Virginia Beach. We engage audiences with a broad range of cultural and artistic experiences in an intimate and masterfully-designed facility. With state-of-the-art technology and a variety of spaces for both world-class performances and private special events, the Sandler Center offers exceptional opportunities for patrons to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Food Services & Hospitality
Venue Management


201 Market St.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Services Provided

  • Pre-Opening
  • Complete Venue Management Services
  • Spectra Food Services & Hospitality

Venue Facts

  • 1,308 seats
  • 1,245 seats with no pit
  • 86,497 square feet of the entire center
  • 51 feet high glass façade
  • No seat is farther than 100 ft from the stage
  • 2,200 square foot hall called the Miller Studio Theatre that can seat up to 125 and standing room of 200+
  • 900 square foot room called the Bill and Anne Wood Founders Room that can seat up to 50 and standing room of 60+
  • 5,200 square foot Grand Lobby is especially stunning with its two staircases descending from the 2nd-floor lobby
  • 2nd Floor Lobby is 3,700 square feet
  • 3rd Floor Lobby is 2,700 square feet
  • The two carpeted classrooms on the second floor of the Sandler Center. Classroom #1 - 850 square feet and Classroom #2 - 960 square feet
  • 18,000 square foot plaza

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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The Sandler Center prides itself on creating experiences for the local community by partnering with local bands and local companies to produce a variety of events throughout the year including Ynot Wednesdays, Dancing with the Seniors, Senior Summer Camp, Sandler Center Jazz Series, and Out of the Box.

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Resident Companies

- Ballet Virginia
- Symphonicity
- The Governor's School for the Arts
- Tidewater Winds
- Virginia Arts Festival
- Virginia Beach Chorale
- Virginia Beach Forum
- Virginia Beach Public Schools
- Virginia Musical Theatre
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Notable Venue Information

- Virginia Green Travel Alliance has recognized the Sandler Center as a Green Attraction
- Recognized as Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best Performing Arts Venue 2020, 2019, 2018. 2017, 2016
- Over 15,000 students attend our educational matinees each year