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F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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'Diamond in the rough'

This is an unexpected find in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The ambiance in the theater was very elegant... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Great Venue, not a bad seat in the house. Good restaurants nearby. They bring the good shows to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patty H
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice venue”(8 reviews)
“concert venue”(3 reviews)
“smaller venue”(3 reviews)
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71 Public Sq, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-2507
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an unexpected find in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The ambiance in the theater was very elegant and would be suitable for any form of entertainment, The second floor full bar was a nice surprise, and there were no lines for drinks like they had at...More

Thank drsteve76
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Kirby Center is nice. I love the nostalgia of the lights and the old-world charm. I have to say, any section is a good viewing area, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. However, with that said, the seats are SO uncomfortable. They...More

Thank Christina_09773
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Venue, not a bad seat in the house. Good restaurants nearby. They bring the good shows to you. Parking is close to venue. Also a hotel within walking distance. It's a gem in the Diamond City.

Thank Patty H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled to Wilkes-Barre for the sole purpose of seeing Sweet, one of the best bands ever growing out of the glam era. It was wonderful venue to see a show like that, and we had a great time. We stayed at the nearby Best...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 16 August 2018

This is a great old theater if you are looking for a smaller venue. They offer a very wide variety of shows, concerts, etc. Front seats are very close to the stage. Old charming building. Public parking only.

Thank _mmgteacher
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Great venue. In downtown Wilkes Barre. Parking garage and restaurants close by. No bad seats in the theater.

Thank SgtGer
Reviewed 10 July 2018

we've gone to many shows and concerts here. This is a great venue for both. Comfortable seating, great staff to help find you seat, easy parking. A great overall experience s

Thank doc1650
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Whether a play,concert etc this is really extravagant venue.Have seen a few attractions here over the years-Queen tribute band,Moscow ballet "Nutctacker" which I hope returns at least every other year.Parking is tough but knowing the area didn't have problem,I suggest getting there early and maybe...More

Thank jmid7777
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Small venue but great show. Parking isn’t the best but there’s not much you could Do about that . Central location with many places to go before show

Thank manwithaplan2018
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Went here to see Seinfeld live on April 6, 2018. I will never go back. The security was extremely rude and tried to accuse my fiancé and I of jumping over the rope to see the Seinfeld show twice. He could have just asked politely...More

Thank Tyler B
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Noel O
20 June 2018|
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Response from 49nosuggestionsfound | Reviewed this property |
I remember that you can buy beverages. I don't really recall food. We ate at Rodano's prior to our show. My suggestion if you want dinner prior to the show, go early!! Our show was at 8 p.m. so we got to the restaurant at... More
14 April 2018|
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Response from Ashley G | Reviewed this property |
No, but you should dress according to your event.
14 February 2017|
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Response from 106maurenm | Reviewed this property |
We frequent the Kirby and have never felt threatened.(we are seniors too) This area is populated during an event. As the above reviews said, the police station is a block away, parking is close, as well as several... More