Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno

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The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (originally known as Pioneer Theater Auditorium) is a theater located in Reno, Nevada. It was designed by the Oklahoma City architectural firm of Bozalis, Dickinson and Roloff as a concrete structure with a distinctive gold geodesic dome roof. The facility was completed in 1967 with 987 seats on the main level and 513 seats in a balcony, totaling to 1,500. The co-founder of Temcor, the project's contractor, was Don Richter, a student of Buckminster Fuller, developer of the geodesic dome concept. Temcor had built several gold-anodized aluminum domes before the Pioneer, and was responsible for more than 5000 dome projects.
Originally to be called the Apollo Theater, the Pioneer took its name from a 1939 statue of a pioneer family by Byron S. Johnson, salvaged from the Old State Building, which was demolished to make way for the new facility. Unofficially, the dome was called the "Golden Turtle." It consists of a 500-panel aluminum shell on an inner steel frame, which is in turn supported by reinforced concrete arches. The orchestra level of the theater is depressed below ground level, allowing the roof to nearly touch the ground at the corners.
The Washoe County Fair and Recreation Board, which was responsible for the project, was particularly taken with Casa MaƱana in Fort Worth, Texas, resulting in the selection of the domed concept. The Pioneer Center was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
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  • While being forced to compete with all of the higher level casino facilities in the area, this is a very straight forward venue.  more »
  • Excellent stage performance, wonderful singing and comedy. We truly enjoyed ourselves with friends. Bravo!  more »
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  • Love this event space. I have been here for many events over the years. Came to see Whose Live Anyway! Which by the way was the bomb. The venue is small and intimate with seats in the upper gallery. I think there are only two or three seats in the whole theater that might be bad. But, for the most part, all the seats have exceptional viewing of the stage (as the venue is smallish). The theater is downstairs but in the event, you are not able-bodied there is an elevator. All of the staff and ushers are top notch, friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Whose Live Anyway is a play on Whose Line is it anyway? You could see this show again and again and it would be different every time as this is Improv at it's best. The actors were top notch and had us laughing right after the actor's introductions. I can't wait for them to return.
  • I love Broadway and ballet and have never been disappointed by any of them, I'm always mesmerized. The Pioneer does a great job at having a wide variety of shows, something for everyone. The showroom is huge for being underground, you can't tell from the outside.

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