The Kravis Center was named after Raymond F. Kravis, a prominent geologist and phhilanthropist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who wintered in Palm Beach for more than 35 years. In 1985, a consortium of his friends donated more than $7 million to name the facility for Mr. Kravis.
In September 1992, the Kravis Center doors opened to an anxiously awaiting community. The Center’s dedication week hosted tens of thousands of patrons for a full week of free performances featuring local arts groups. The Gala Grand Opening took place on November 28, 1992 and featured the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Burt Reynolds, Roberta Peters, Isaac Stern, Leontyne Price, Ella Fitzgerald, Faith Prince and Lilly Tomlin. More than 2,000 guests attended the spectacular event along with one of the largest national and foreign press corps to ever cover an arts center opening. After the star studded show, guests proceeded to the magically transformed roof of the Kravis Center parking garage where the dinner dance took place.
The Kravis Center today continues to be the main Palm Beach attraction for fine Performing Arts. For more information or tickets go to Kravis.org.