The Long Center presents a huge variety of performances of music, theater, dance and more, from artists of local, national, and international renown. It is home for a plethora of performing organizations of all sizes. Its major founding resident companies are the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin, all of which continue to present regular season performances here. In addition, many of Austin’s hundreds of community arts organizations now call the Long Center their performing home.
In the early 1990s, Austin’s artistic environment lacked a central venue and sense of community. Voters approved the City’s lease of the Lester E. Palmer Auditorium to nonprofit organization Arts Center Stage, for conversion into a multi-venue community arts center. Plans were ambitious, but work on the new center slowed in the early 2000s and had to be reimagined in 2003. Phase I of the new project is now complete, with the Long Center’s two largest venues (the 2,300-seat Michael and Susan Dell Hall and 240-seat Debra & Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre) complete and in full service. The master plan allowed space for the construction of more facilities, including the Topfer Theatre and a Recital & Education Building, pending further fundraising.
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by a number of Capital Metro buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Handicapped guests are asked to notify the ticket office at time of ticket purchase. Accommodations also made for guests with visual or hearing impairments, with advance notice
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 120 performances and events annually
- Ticket Prices: Varies ($15-59) depending on performance and seating.