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Address: 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337-2867 (Formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center)
Phone Number:
+1 952-895-4685
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10:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ames Center, formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center, opened in...

The Ames Center, formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center, opened in January 2009. The center has two theatres, a 1,014 seat proscenium stage and an intimate 150 seat Black Box Theatre. The Lobby is two stories tall, all glass, with a sweeping view of Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley, and the Minneapolis Skyline. In addition to the Theatres, the center has a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, meeting rooms and a large rehearsal room. There is additional space for banquets, special events and receptions. Presentations at the Ames Center include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.

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Ballet

I had a wonderful night seeing the Twin Cities Ballet company. The theatre is very comfortable. Love supporting local arts.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Valorie D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a wonderful night seeing the Twin Cities Ballet company. The theatre is very comfortable. Love supporting local arts.

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Thank Valorie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was there for a dance competition and the staff was so incredibly rude. Suggested my six year old should go outside so she "wasn't in the way". Was rudely told to move while watching. Unexceptionable!! Disappointed such a beautiful place could hire such disrespectful individuals.

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Thank Katherine F
Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here to see the Anderson-Ponty Band (Jon Anderson of YES and Jean-Luc Ponty). It was a surprise to us that such well-known musicians would play Burnsville, but we were thrilled that they were anywhere in the Metro. We got there early, so parking was both free and easy in the nearby ramp. The venue has a long gallery-type... More 

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Thank CaptTrouble
Burnsville, Minnesota
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

South of the river is lucky to have such a wonderful venue. Parking is free and easy. The building itself is beautiful and in a quaint spot. The hall makes great use of its space, as the seating is at a nice angle upward so that no one feels too far away from the stage and people in front of... More 

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Thank CNickisch
Burnsville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great location and variety of entertainment options. Ames is a very nice alternative to going in to either of cities too.

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Thank PattiC22
Herbster, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We've attended multiple events at the center from concerts to community events. This is just what the area needs. The splash pad outside the center is definitely a focal point for families with young children.

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Thank Pete S
Burnsville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Small venue showing great acts and plays. Free parking, full bar, no bad seats in the whole place! We have attended concerts, comedy, and plays and have not been disappointed once. The main stage and the black box theater both are intimate settings.

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Thank LilyinMN
Ames, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were there for the Masquerade Dance Nationals. They had an actual dance room with a wooden dance floor, wall to wall mirrors and a dance bar. They also have a "Black Box". The auditorium had very comfortable roomy seats with a steeply raked floor so you can see very well. The lobby area has a full window wall for... More 

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Thank singingaccordionist
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We've attended over a half dozen events and been impressed every time. Great sight lines and sound, great people and full bar and FREE parking ramp. Plus there is a great Mediterranean restaurant right across the street. Shows include local symphony and ballet as well as world class talent like Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, The Rides (check them out), Brian... More 

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Thank Marshall1012015
Burnsville
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Nice place and location .full bar and reasonably priced.pleanty of free parking.lots of bars and restaurants in the area.

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Thank Scott R

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