For more than three decades, Bailey Hall has had a rich history as a center for musical culture and celebration in the south Broward County region. The arts and culture venue was named for Ralph R. Bailey, a Hallandale FL engineer and real estate holder, who instructed his estate be distributed to public and charitable institutions including Broward College. In joint-funded project between the Bailey estate and the Florida legislature through the Community Educational Facilities Act, the venue was constructed and officially opened its doors to the public in October, 1979.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the red-carpeted, 1,200-seat Bailey Concert Hall hosted dozens of events yearly, including functioning as the home venue for the Gold Coast Opera and the Broward Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, Bailey Hall has hosted performances by professional musicians, artists, actors and dancers, as well as academic ceremonies, pageants and graduations.
In 2014, Bailey Hall underwent a $5.6 million renovation project. A combination of local funds and state appropriated renovation/remodeling funds the project included improvements to the performance center, including interior improvements such as new seating configuration and seats, electrical and lighting upgrades, new flooring, doors, concession area, and renovation of the stage. The external façade also received a refreshed look with new landscaping, signage, roof replacement, and painting of the building.
Today, Bailey Hall continues to operate as a prestigious arts and culture venue in South Florida as well as a beacon for arts education in Broward County. Intertwined with the expertly-curated season of shows are student-led shows from the Visual and enrich curriculum by creating workshops and master classes for students in performing arts programs.
We invite you to visit Bailey Hall to experience the history and grandeur of its concert hall. Tickets for the 2016-2017 season are on sale now.