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Lasting Impressions at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

You’ve probably been getting hammered with Facebook ads for something called the Lasting Impressions 3D exhibit (which could easily be confused with another similar upcoming exhibit, to be quite honest). Well if you have been, you might want to pay attention and actually check out what it’s all about. Why? Because it is truly an impressionable experience! We had the opportunity to take a peek at the exhibit recently–now showing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando–and we can most definitely recommend it is totally worth the look.

“Brushstrokes by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and other impressionist artists spring to life with one-of-a-kind 3D/LED technology. Accompanied by music that creates an inspiring ambiance—including pieces by Debussy and Ravel, as well as French standards performed by Piaf, Aznavour, and Mouskouri. Then, of course, there’s your choice of incredible French wines to round out the full experience.” – Lasting Impressions website

So what’s this exhibit–being featured now through September 26th at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater–all about? It’s quite literally some of the most recognized, well-known, famous, and beloved artwork come to life through an innovative 3-D experience. “With Lasting Impressions, you not only look into the paintings, but for the first time ever, look out from them. The lightweight 3D glasses feel like sunglasses and can fit over your current eyewear if necessary.”

As you well know the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning piece of architecture situated on the south side of downtown Orlando. And we’re thrilled it’s recently come back to life through careful and well-thought out entertainment such as this very exhibit as well as the Frontyard Festival™. As one enters through the front doors of the building the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater is located straight ahead.

After walking up the impressive steps and before entering the theater guests can grab some small bites to eat (and even pre-order ahead of time with ticket information) or a refreshing drink from the bar (there’s also one in the theater for those who want to wait or happen to change their mind once inside). There’s also a merchandise table for those who want to snag some memorabilia in remembrance of their 3-D experience.

Small Bites

Merchandise TableWith this being a 3-D experience it would have been quite challenging (although doable with some finagling) for us to grab some in-the-moment photos, obvy, but we did capture a few as we found our seat and before the show started:

And perhaps this’ll do a good job of really conveying what the experience is all about:

Thanks to Holographic 3D, guests can sit with Renoir’s luncheon guests, dance with Degas’ ballerinas, float over Monet’s water lilies, soar into Van Gogh’s starry night.

Although gorgeous to start, it does take a bit of time for the journey to really kick off and get going. But boy by the time it does it’s quite consuming. And-sorta-spoiler-but-not-so-spoiler alert: There’s one segment toward the end-–we’ll refer to it as the Van Gogh portion–that literally had us in tears. That’s all we can say.

The exhibit is running now through the end of this month so there’s still plenty of time to have your own moment. Tickets can be purchased on the Dr. Phillips for the Performing Arts website (not an affiliate link).

Location deets:

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S. Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
407.358.6603

Please note: In full disclosure, we were provided complimentary tickets to experience this event. This is no way influenced the thoughts or decisions on what we’ve written and/or covered here.

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