Memphis Performing ArtsMemphis offers a variety of cultural activities—ballet, opera, dance, the symphony and professional theater. The arts are supported by several colleges and professional organizations. Many touring companies play Memphis, and there are eight local theater groups.
The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. at the corner of Beale, was one of the South's grandest vaudeville and movie palaces. Built in 1928, it has its original Wurlitzer organ and offers a variety of musical and theatrical productions, including Broadway road shows, throughout the year and a family series October to mid-March; phone (901) 525-3000.
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The Playhouse on the Square, at 66 S. Cooper in Overton Square, offers professional live theater throughout the year; phone (901) 726-4656.
Performing at the Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Pkwy., is Opera Memphis, which offers two mainstage performances each year; phone (901) 257-3100 for ticket or performance information. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Poplar Avenue and N. Main Street; phone (800) 726-0915 for the Cannon Center or (901) 537-2500 for symphony tickets. Music and dance performances take place September through May at the 288-seat Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Ext.; phone (901) 537-1472.
Memphis also has a number of repertory theaters, including the Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper, (901) 726-4656, and Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Extended, (901) 682-8323.
Big-name bands play at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Other headliners appear at Mud Island Amphitheater; phone (901) 576-7241 for ticket or performance information. A variety of free outdoor concerts are held in the fall and summer in Overton Park at the Levitt Shell, 1928 Poplar Ave.; phone (901) 272-2722.
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State sales tax is 7 percent; occupancy tax is 6 percent; and Memphis sales tax is 2.25 percent, for a combined lodging tax of 15.25 percent.
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Baptist Memorial Hospital, (901) 226-5000; Delta Medical Center, (877) 627-4395; Methodist North Hospital, (901) 516-5200; Methodist South Hospital, (901) 516-3700; Regional Medical Center at Memphis, (901) 545-7100; Saint Francis Hospital, (901) 765-1000.
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Discounts are offered to AAA members by Hertz, (901) 345-5680 or (800) 654-3131.
Amtrak offers passenger service from Central Station, 545 S. Main St.; phone (901) 526-0052 or (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound bus station is at 3033 Airways Blvd.; phone (800) 231-2222.
The major company is Yellow Cab, (901) 577-7777. Fares are metered, with the basic rate $3.80 for the first mile, then $1.80 for each additional mile. One dollar is added for each additional passenger. A $3 surcharge is added to fares originating from the airport.
Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) buses operate Mon.-Fri. 4:30 a.m.-11:15 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. and holidays 8-5. Base fare is $1.75, with increases for zones outside city limits; a day pass can be purchased for $3.50, and covers unlimited bus rides. Ages 65+, students and the physically impaired pay reduced rates with a special MATA ID card. Park 'n' Ride service is available at multiple locations within the city. Not all routes operate nights and Sundays.