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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. The Lincoln Memorial is partially visible on the right.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (or Kennedy Center) opened in 1971 as a living memorial to John F. Kennedy. The idea for the center, however, dates to 1958, when a National Cultural Center was proposed for Washington, DC. The center, designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone, is located on the Potomac River and is adjacent to the Watergate Hotel. The Center has three main theaters: A Concert Hall on the south side, an Opera House in the middle, and the Eisenhower Theater on the north side, named for Dwight Eisenhower. Other performance venues in the Center include the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Millennium Stage. Free performances are held on the Millennium Stage every evening at 6:00 PM.

Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually by the center's Board of Trustees.

The Kennedy Center houses a number of groups and institutions, including:

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