Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend

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Morris Performing Arts Center (originally Palace Theatre and formerly Morris Civic Auditorium) is a 2,564-seat concert hall located in South Bend, Indiana. It opened in 1922 as a vaudeville house and later became a movie palace. It was developed along with the neighboring Palais Royale Building by the Palace Theater Corporation. It is a four- to five-story, rectangular, Spanish Renaissance Revival style brick building with finely crafted terra cotta ornamentation. It was planned for demolition in 1959 but was saved from demolition, and between 1998 and 2000, it was restored and remodeled.
Today, Morris Performing Arts Center's interior features a rose, blue and cream color scheme, as it originally did when it opened. The theater's stage, which measures 56 feet by 57 feet and contains a red and gold main curtain, dates from the 2000 restoration. The theater is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and also hosts Broadway shows, concerts, and other special events, including Marian High School's annual commencement ceremony. The theater's interior is notable for borrowing from European architectural styles.

More than half of the seats at Morris Performing Arts Center — 1,282 are in the balcony. The remainder of the seats are in the lower level.

In 1985, the center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It qualified for historic designation both because of its place in the area's history and because of its historically significant architecture.
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  • We saw Lion King this afternoon. Wonderful musical with amazing costumes, music, and scenery. We have been here many times over the years and highly recommend this theater.  more »
  • We heard a superb performance of the South Bend Symphony at the Morris PAC. The acoustics are wonderful and the symphony and conductor are outstanding. Also the center is beautifully restored. We.....  more »
  • I’ve always enjoyed the Morris. I’ve been going since the 90s when I was in grade school. Now, my wife and I have season tickets to Broadway Theater League. They do a fantastic job with the South Bend Symphony and different special shows that tour around the country. I’ve seen musicals, brass ensembles, symphony, and music groups at the Morris and it’s never disappointed. Beautiful decor, snacks and popcorn are delicious. They have alcoholic beverages as well and everything is allowed in the theater itself. Great place to see a show and the restaurants within walking distance are great as well!
  • My daughter treated me to a Mother, Daughter day, so she took me to see Les Miserables at Morris Performance Center. I had a great time. The show was amazing and the seats were comfortable! I would definitely go there again!

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