America’s largest indoor performance halls – UPDATE #2


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. For this Purdue alum and native Hoosier, it’s fun to note that while Purdue does not have a school of music, it does have the nation’s largest venue specifically designed for music and the performing arts – Elliott Hall of Music. It is also interesting to note that the nation’s three largest collegiate performance halls are located in the State of Indiana.

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

Ten largest collegiate indoor concert halls (from list above)

1.     Elliott Hall of Music (Purdue University, IN) – 6,005 (1940)

2.     Auditorium (Indiana University) – 3,700 (1941)

3.     Emens Auditorium (Ball State University, IN) – 3,581 (1964)

4.     Hill Auditorium (University of Michigan) – 3,538 (1913)

5.     Miller Auditorium (Western Michigan University) – 3,497 (1968)

6.     Bass Concert Hall (University of Texas) – 3,000 (1981)

7.     Stevens Auditorium (Iowa State University) – 2,747 (1969)

8.     Woosley Hall (Yale University, CT) – 2,695 (1901)

9.     Eisenhower Auditorium (Penn State University) – 2,500

10.  Wharton Center (Michigan State University) – 2,421(1982)

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8 Responses to America’s largest indoor performance halls – UPDATE #2

  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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