Attending a Broadway show, musical concert, or family theatre performance in Tucson? There's a good chance you'll end up at Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus!
Originally built in 1936 and opened in 1937, Centennial Hall is an 85,000 square foot performing arts facility on the campus of The University of Arizona in downtown Tucson. The theatre has 2,496 seats.
Centennial Hall was last remodeled in 1984 so it's beginning to show signs of wear. The remodel included lighting and mechanical restorations, a new sound system, new fire alarms, and the refurbishment of the majority of the seats. The stage was also renovated at that time, increasing its size from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet.
Centennial Hall is on The University of Arizona campus. The address is: 1020 E. University Blvd, Tucson 85719.
The box office is located at the front of the Hall and its hours are:
Aside from scheduled events/shows, Centennial Hall is not open to the public during the day.
The best garage for parking is Tyndall Avenue Garage.
The parking fee for Centennial Hall events is $4. There is no hourly rate during Centennial Hall events. Garage parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays, though exceptions may apply.
Cash is not accepted for parking fees. All fees must be paid by card only (Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx).
Dine at one of the Main Gate restaurants and receive a Main Gate merchant validation for free parking in Tyndall Garage. Tell the fee collector you are dining on University and you will receive a ticket to take with you for validation.
Note that the merchant validation is ONLY available at Tyndall Avenue Garage. This is not honored in back-up parking garages such as Main Gate or Sixth Street.
The Tyndall Avenue Garage has a 7' 0'' clearance height for vehicles.
If the Tyndall Garage is full, back-up parking can be found at the Main Gate Garage or Sixth Street Garage (also on-campus at the University of Arizona).
You may also opt to take the Tucson Streetcar to Centennial Hall. The 3.9-mile route has a stop within walking distance of the theatre.
Centennial Hall is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer. Dress varies depending on the event, but Tucson is generally very casual. That being said, many people do opt to dress up for Broadway performances and concerts.
Any bags or purses must be smaller than 12x12x6.
Audience members are not permitted to take pictures inside the theatre.
Yes. There are men's and women's restrooms available in the lobby at Centennial Hall. For Broadway and other performances, portapotties are sometimes also set up outside the theatre to expedite the process during intermission.
Centennial Hall offers a wide range of performances by Arizona Arts LIVE and Broadway in Tucson. There are also other events hosted at the theater, such as science lectures and rental concert events.
Click here for a current listing of Broadway in Tucson shows.
Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
No, but food and drinks are available for purchase. Concessions are set up inside the lobby as well as outside the theater for most performances. They take cash and require a $6 minimum card purchase.
You're in luck! There are gads of terrific restaurants in the UA/downtown area and in Main Gate Square near campus. Our top picks within a 3-mile radius are:
The UA Student Union is also within walking distance and the UA Library hosts a Starbucks.
Yes. Check the Arizona Arts LIVE website and the Broadway In Tucson website for a list of upcoming shows and events for families.
As far as seating for young children goes, Centennial Hall offers free booster seats (first-come, first-served). Row N is where the seats start to rake, and the raised seats allow for a slightly better view for young children.
No. A stroller is probably not necessary and Centennial Hall does not offer stroller parking/storage.
Centennial Hall can be rented out for corporate conferences. For all other rental inquiries, please contact Staci Santa at [email protected].
Sure! Find a family-friendly performance or Broadway show, purchase tickets for your group, and you'll have a readymade birthday party. Before or after the show, stop in at HUB or The Screamery for ice cream!
Ticket discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call 520-621-3341.
Have a wonderful time at UA Centennial Hall!