America’s largest indoor performance halls – UPDATE #5


Elliott Hall of Music - Source: flickr.com

Elliott Hall of Music – Source: flickr.com

The following list shows the the largest indoor performance halls in the United States (minimum 2,000 seats and collegiate in italics). It does not include other venues like outdoor amphitheaters, or sports facilities like arenas and stadiums.

  1. LDS Conference Center (Salt Lake City, UT) – 21,200 (2000) – Thank you, Joan C.
  2. Idaho Center (Brigham Young, ID campus) – 15,000 (2010) – Thank you, Bob and Dan
  3. Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles, CA – 6,300 (1926)
  4. Elliott Hall of Music (Purdue University, IN) – 6,005 (1940)
  5. Radio City Music Hall (New York City, NY) = 5,960 (1932)
  6. Fox Theater (Detroit, MI) – 5,045 (1925)
  7. Performing Arts Center (Saratoga, NY) – 5,000 (1966)
  8. Fox Theater (Atlanta, GA) – 4,678 (1929)
  9. Masonic Temple Theater (Detroit, MI) – 4,404 (1922)
  10. Auditorium Theater (Chicago, IL) – 4,300 (1889)
  11. Metropolitan Opera House (New York City, NY) – 3,900 (1966)
  12. DAR Concert Hall (Washington, DC) – 3,702 (1929)
  13. Auditorium (Indiana University) – 3,700 (1941)
  14. Wang Theater (Boston, MA) – 3,700 (1925)
  15. Emens Auditorium (Ball State University, IN) – 3,581 (1964)
  16. Filene Center (Vienna, VA) – 3,800 (1971)
  17. Midland Theater (Kansas City, MO) – 3,573 (1927)
  18. Civic Opera House (Chicago, IL) – 3,563 (1929)
  19. Hill Auditorium (University of Michigan) – 3,538 (1913)
  20. Music Hall (Cincinnati, OH) – 3,516 (1878)
  21. Miller Auditorium (Western Michigan University) – 3,497 (1968)
  22. Music Hall at Fair Park (Dallas, TX) – 3,420 (1925)
  23. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles. CA) – 3,197 (1964)
  24. War Memorial Opera House (San Francisco, CA) – 3,146 (1932)
  25. Brooklyn Tech Auditorium (Brooklyn, NY) – 3,100 (1922) – Thank you, Aizawa!
  26. Eastman Theater (Rochester, NY) – 3,094 (1922)
  27. Hawkins’ Centennial Auditorium (Olivet Nazarene University) – 3,059
  28. Terrace Theater (Long Beach, CA) – 3,051 (1978)
  29. Civic Auditorium (Pasadena, CA) – 3,029 (1931)
  30. Shea’s Performing Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) – 3,019 (1926) – Thank you, Lucas
  31. Civic Auditorium Concert Hall (San Jose, CA) – 3.001 (1936)
  32. Bass Concert Hall (University of Texas) – 3,000 (1981)
  33. Birmingham Concert Hall (Birmingham, AL) – 3,000 (1976)
  34. Lyric Theater (Kansas City, MO) – 3,000 (1926)
  35. Keller Auditorium (Portland, OR) – 2,992 (1917)
  36. Segerstrom Hall (Costa Mesa, CA) – 2,936 (1986)
  37. Jones Hall (Houston, TX) – 2,912 (1966)
  38. Landmark theater (Syracuse, NY) – 2,900 (1928)
  39. Academy of Music (Philadelphia, PA) – 2,897 (1857)
  40. McCaw Hall (Seattle, WA) – 2,890 (2003)
  41. Benedum Center (Pittsburgh, PA) – 2,885 (1928)
  42. Kleinhans Music Hall (Buffalo, NY) – 2,839 (1940)
  43. Abravanel Hall (Salt Lake City, UT) – 2,811 (1979)
  44. Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium (New York City, NY) – 2,804 (1891)
  45. Saenger Theater (New Orleans, LA) – 2,800 (1927)
  46. Mortensen Hall (Hartford CT) 2,799 (1930)
  47. Ohio Theater (Columbus, OH) – 2,779 (1921)
  48. Center for the Performing Arts (Portland, OR) – 2,776 (1984)
  49. Lincoln Center/Koch Theater – New York City, NY) – 2,755 (1964)
  50. City Center (New York City, NY) – 2,750 (1941)
  51. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center (Atlanta, GA) – 2,750 (2007)
  52. Prudential Hall (Newark, NJ) – 2,750 (1997)
  53. Stevens Auditorium (Iowa State University) – 2,747 (1969)
  54. Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA) – 2,743 (1980)
  55. Symphony Hall (Newark, NJ) – 2,743 (1925)
  56. Lincoln Center/Fisher Hall (New York City, NY) – 2,738 (1962)
  57. Aronoff Center (Cincinnati, OH) – 2,719 (1995)
  58. Opera House (Detroit, MI) – 2,700 (1922)
  59. Palace (Louisville, KY) – 2,700 (1928)
  60. Woosley Hall (Yale University, CT) – 2,695 (1901)
  61. Au-rene Theater (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – 2,688 (1991)
  62. Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis, M) – 2,683 (1968)
  63. Civic Center (Des Moines, IA) – 2,662 (1979)
  64. Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA) – 2,662 (1927)
  65. Boettcher Concert Hall (Denver, CO) – 2,634 (1978)
  66. Symphony Hall (Boston, MA) – 2,625 (1900)
  67. Symphony Hall (Springfield, MA) – 2,611 (1912)
  68. Classic Performance Hall (Little Rock, AR) – 2,609 (1940s)
  69. Koger Center (Columbia, SC) – 2,556 (1988)
  70. Orpheum Theater (Sioux City, IA) – 2,546 (1927)
  71. Carr Performing Arts Center (Orlando, FL) – 2,518
  72. Warner Theater (Erie, PA) – 2,506 (1976)
  73. Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA) – 2,500 (1998)
  74. Chrysler Hall (Norfolk, VA) – 2,500 (1972)
  75. Eisenhower Auditorium (Penn State University) – 2,500
  76. Hult Center (Eugene, OR) – 2,500 (1982)
  77. Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) – 2,500 (2001)
  78. Opera House (Boston, MA) – 2,500 (1928)
  79. Orchestra Hall (Chicago, IL) – 2,500 (1904)
  80. Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN) – 2,500 (1974)
  81. Civic Center Music Hall (Oklahoma City, OK) – 2,481 (1937)
  82. Embassy Theater (Fort Wayne, IN) – 2,478 (1928)
  83. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD) – 2,443 (1982)
  84. Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Washington, DC) – 2,442 (1971)
  85. Stranahan Theater (Toledo, OH) – 2,424 (Thank you, Chris)
  86. Wharton Center (Michigan State University) – 2,421(1982)
  87. Whitney Hall (Louisville, KY) – 2,406 (1983)
  88. DeVos Performance Hall (Grand Rapids, MI) – 2,404 (2005)
  89. Adler Theater (Davenport, IA) – 2,400 (1931)
  90. Auditorium (Duluth, MN) – 2,400 (1966)
  91. Centennial Hall (University of Arizona) – 2,400 (1936)
  92. Coronado Theater (Rockford, IL) – 2,400 (1927)
  93. Long Center (Austin, TX) – 2,400 (2008)
  94. Music Hall (Kansas City, MO) – 2,400 (1935)
  95. Ziff Ballet/Opera House (Miami, FL) – 2,400 (2006)
  96. Phoenix Symphony Hall (Phoenix, AZ) – 2,387 (1972)
  97. Performing Arts Center (Tulsa, OK) 2,365 (1977)
  98. Majestic Theater (San Antonio, TX – 2,311 (1929)
  99. Marcus Center (Milwaukee, WI) – 2,305 (1969)
  100. Powers Auditorium (Youngstown, OH) – 2,303(1969)
  101. Mead Theater (Dayton, OH) – 2,300 (2003)
  102. Meymandi Concert Hall (Raleigh, NC) – 2,300 (2001)
  103. TCC Music Hall (Tucson, AZ) – 2,289 (1987)
  104. Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) – 2,265 (2003)
  105. Catrol Morsani Hall (Tampa, FL) – 2,252 (1987)
  106. Copley Symphony Hall (San Diego, CA) – 2,252 (1929)
  107. Overture Center (Madison, WI) – 2,251 (2004)
  108. Civic Center Auditorium (Peoria, IL) – 2,244 (1982)
  109. Lied Center (Lincoln, NE) – 2,210 (1990)
  110. Fillmore Theater (Detroit, MI) – 2,200 (1925)
  111. Knight Concert Hall (Miami, FL) – 2,200 (2006)
  112. Winspear Opera House (Dallas, TX) -2,200 (2009)
  113. Dreyfoos Concert Hall (West Palm Beach, FL) – 2,193 (1992)
  114. Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL) – 2,180 (1983)
  115. Concert Hall (Wichita KS) – 2,178 (1969)
  116. Clowes Memorial Hall (Butler University, IN) – 2,172 (1963)
  117. Kent Concert Hall (Utah State University) – 2,168 (1967)
  118. Blaisdell Concert Hall (Honolulu, HA) – 2,158 (1964)
  119. Von Braun Concert Hall (Huntsville, AL) – 2,153
  120. Colden Auditorium (New York City, NY) – 2,127 (1961)
  121. Classic Center (Athens, GA) – 2,122 (1996)
  122. Crouse-Hinds Theater (Syracuse, NY) – 2,117 (1975)
  123. Gilman Opera House (Brooklyn, NY) – 2,109 (1861)
  124. Belk Theater (Charlotte, NC) – 2,100 (1992)
  125. Cannon Center (Memphis, TN – 2,100 (2003)
  126. Peace Concert Hall (Greenville, SC) – 2,100 (1990)
  127. Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH) – 2,100 (1931)
  128. Fisher Theater (Detroit, MI) – 2,089 (1927)
  129. Krannert Center (University of Illinois) – 2,078 (1927)
  130. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX) – 2,062 (1989)
  131. Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX) – 2,056 (1998)
  132. Reynolds Hall (Las Vegas, NV) – 2,050 (2012)
  133. The Whiting (Flint, MI) – 2,043 (1967)
  134. Civic Auditorium (Santa Cruz, CA – 2,021 (1940)
  135. Weidner Center (Green Bay, WI) – 2,021 (1993)
  136. Arlington Center for the Arts (Santa Barbara, CA) – 2,018 (1931)
  137. King Center for the Arts (Melbourne, FL) – 2,016 
  138. Fisher Music Center (Detroit, MI) – 2,014 (1919)
  139. Holland Performing Arts Center (Omaha, NE) – 2,005 (2005)
  140. Atwood Concert Hall (Anchorage, AK) – 2,000 (1989)
  141. El Pomar Great Hall (Colorado Springs, CO) – 2,000 (1982)

SOURCES: en.wikipedia.org and individual venue websites

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28 Responses to America’s largest indoor performance halls – UPDATE #5

  1. Chris M says:

    The Stranahan Theatre in Toledo, Ohio holds 2,424. Shouldn’t it be on this list?

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  2. myfirst lastna says:

    The King Center or the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue located at 3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida. The main theater of the 126,000 square feet (11,700 m2) facility contains 2,016 seats.

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  3. William W. Bell, Ph.D. says:

    The Hawkins’ Centennial Chapel/Auditorium at Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL) is the main concert hall on campus, and also the home of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. It seats 3059. The Raffati pipe organ is the second largest organ in Illinois and the home of numerous organ concerts.

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  4. Richard C. Waring says:

    What about the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). I believe it has 3,100 seats (according to their web site.)?

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  5. Dennis Davies says:

    Mormon conference center auditorium in Salt Lake……..21,000 seating capacity

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  6. dale Johnson says:

    sad that music hall in Cincinnati will be GREATLY reduced in size as a consequence of “renovations” reopens in october with a seating capacity of 2200-2300 apparently seems to be some deep dark secret.

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  7. deadlytimes says:

    Is there a reason that the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, which seats over 6,000 and was used in such films as King Kong and A Star Is Born, and where Elvis Presley performed his first L.A. concert, is not included in the list?

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  8. Miles Long says:

    Shouldn’t the list of largest indoor theaters include the largest?
    Radio City music Hall, is the largest!

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  9. Aizawa says:

    Brooklyn Technical Highschool’s auditorium has 3,100 seats, shouldn’t it be on the list as well?

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  10. JOAN CONLEY says:

    What about the Conference Center in Salt Lake?

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  11. Bob says:

    BYU Idaho Center, modeled after the Conference Center in Salt Lake City seats 15,000, another beautiful unobstructed convocation center for worship, arts and entertainment. Needs to be added to the list.

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  12. Lucas says:

    Sheas Buffalo is apparently missing (> 3000 seats).

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  13. IDanTheMan says:

    Um, you’re missing BYU-Idaho’s I-Center (15,000+ seats)

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  14. Jami says:

    I’m not sure the current capacity of the Tabernacle at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah since the choir seats are often not included in the totals, but it has 3,500 audience seats so it definitely makes it large enough for your list.

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    • Jami says:

      Also the Ryman Auditorium, also known as the Grand Ole’ Opry is listed as capacity of 2362.

      Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City Utah has a listed capacity of 2,468.

      Denny Sanford Premeir Center in Sioux Falls SD is listed as a multi-use indoor arena with a capacity of 13,000.

      Thank you for being so quick to update your list, it must be hard to research something like this.

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  15. Jaroll says:

    I think you could add a few, like Gilliam Concert Hall at Morgan State University (2,036 capacity), as well as Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA (>2,000 seats).

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