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Tempe Performing Arts Center

132 E. Sixth St. Tempe, AZ 85281 | Tempe | 480-350-8388
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The Tempe Performing Arts Center hosts the alternative theater company, Stray Cat Theater. Located in the heart of downtown Tempe, this small theater it situated within short distance of the Mill Avenue district. The proximity to Tempe's downtown means plentiful dining and bar options for both before and after shows. Parking in available on the streets as well as in nearby lots. Street parking in free on evenings.


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