The Long Center
While Austin is primarily known as a music town, it does have a venue that hosts more upscale events. The Long Center for the Performing Arts was originally opened in 1959 as the Lester E Palmer Auditorium. In the late 1990’s, the building began raising funds for a major renovation; however in the early 2000’s, thanks to a slowing economy, fundraising hit a snag. Nearly a decade later, the renovations were completed and the new Long Center was opened to the public in 2008.
There are three main theaters at the venue, which gives performances both large and small a place to perform. The Michael and Susan Dell Hall is the largest, seating 2,400 in its grand concert hall complete with parterre, mezzanine and balcony levels. the Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theater is a smaller adaptable theater that can hold anywhere from 80-229.
There is also an outdoor space, the City Terrace and Hartman Concert Park. The construction integrated the ring beam from the old Palmer Auditorium and gives visitors a panoramic view of the Austin Skyline as they listen to artist perform.
In addition to hosting the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and the Austin Lyric Opera, the Long Center has a wide range of traveling acts grace its stage. Everything from The Blue Man Group, to the Tony Award Winning Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, to lesser known shows like Evil Dead the Musical. All have a home with the Long Center.
To see the upcoming shows their website can be found at http://thelongcenter.org