Crest Theatre, 2012
Photo by Thomas Carter
Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture
Housed in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary building, the charming Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture is... Read More
Crest Theatre
Housed in the restored 1925 Delray High School building, the Crest Theatre was dedicated in 1993 as the performing arts...Read More
Free Friday Concert at the Pavilion
Completed in early 2002, The Pavilion is a state-of-the-art, outdoor performance facility located on the center... Read More
Budding Artists at the Delray Green Market
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Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square

Delray Beach Center for the Arts

Delray Beach Center for the Arts is located at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue) in downtown Delray Beach (33444).  The phone number is 561-243-7922.

The campus includes the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture (in the former 1913 Delray Elementary building), the Crest Theatre (in the former 1925 high school building), the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925), The Pavilion (a state of the art outdoor performance venue), and the School of Creative Arts (located in the Crest Theatre classrooms and studios), where events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities enrich the South Florida community.

This award-winning, nationally recognized center successfully combined historic preservation and the arts to become the catalyst for the 1990's renaissance of downtown Delray Beach.  The charming Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture presents rotating local, national and international exhibits of fine art, crafts and pop culture.  The intimate, 323-seat Crest Theatre presents world-class musicals, variety, Broadway cabaret with New York's hottest stars, and lectures with nationally renowned speakers.


A fairly recent addition to the South Florida art school and photography school scene is our School of Creative Arts, which is gaining a reputation in Palm Beach County and South Florida for its top quality photography classes, art classes, and writing classes for beginners through master level.  The School also offers a variety of children's classes, art and photography workshops and a Visiting Artist Workshop Series.

The Pavilion was completed in 2002 as part of the center's master plan for expansion. The Pavilion presents outdoor concerts and hosts many of the major festivals in downtown Delray Beach.

Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers unique RENTAL SPACES for intimate to grand gatherings. The Vintage Gymnasium is our most popular rental facility for wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, craft shows, and other corporate and private events. 

Delray Beach, Florida was named The Most Fun Small Town in America by Rand McNally.  This first-class resort destination is a diverse, vibrant "All-America" city.  Situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Delray Beach is just 30 minutes south of Palm Beach International Airport and 45 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale.

Latest News

  • Old School BeerFest Returns May 9th
    Old School BeerFest Returns May 9th April 16, 2014 Delray Beach Center for the Arts celebrates art and culture in many forms… including the art of a well-crafted beer!  Old School BeerFest will mark its third year as the Center’s signature fundraiser supporting community programs and outdoor concerts.
  • Notice of Open Auditions for A Chorus Line
    Notice of Open Auditions for A Chorus Line March 14, 2014 The Crest Theatre & MNM Productions To Hold Open Auditions for A CHORUS LINE Kicking Off the 25th Anniversary of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Open Auditions for Landmark Dance Musical Will Be Held on Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m.
  • 25th Anniversary Kick-Off: First-Ever Co-Produced Musical
    25th Anniversary Kick-Off: First-Ever Co-Produced Musical March 14, 2014 Delray Beach Center for the Arts will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2015, and what better way to ramp up to this milestone than presenting its first-ever, co-produced musical in the Crest Theatre!  The Center will, literally, “kick off” the 25th anniversary with A CHORUS LINE.

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