In the heart of downtown Florence, South Carolina sits the 61,000 square feet Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. It is located at 201 South Dargan Street and can be accessed from Interstate 20 and Interstate 95. Directions can be found on the FMU Performing Arts Center website. Parking is available on Cheves, Dargan and Irby streets and is wheelchair accessible at the Cheves Street parking area. Call the FMU Performing Arts Center for information at 843-661-1720.
The FMU Performing Arts Center was built and designed to handle several types of venues. The building includes an 849-seat auditorium with a fly-stage, a 100-seat flexible Black Box space and an Academic wing for the Francis Marion University Department of Fine Arts.
The FMU Performing Arts Center was made possible by the joint efforts of Francis Marion University, the City of Florence, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation and gifts from local individuals and companies.
Ground was broken for the FMU Performing Arts Center in January of 2009 and, in September of 2011, the first events were held. After only two years of operation the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center has ended the 2012-2013 year in the black with a profit on the season. Between performances, rentals and academic and community events can be held; more than 24,000 people were able to enjoy this new facility this past season.
The coming 2013-2014 season will be ushered in with a concert from Brass Transit with a tribute to the jazz-rock group Chicago. Also on tap for the season is a January 2014 performance of ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ and in May 2014 a production of ‘Bring It On: The Musical’.