Long Center for the Performing Arts

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The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center is Austin’s Creative Home, built by the community, for the community.

Our mission is the commitment to provide performing artists and organizations in the Greater Austin region with facilities and services that foster excellence, encourage originality and promote collaboration. To broaden the appreciation and enhance enjoyment of the cultural arts, we connect diverse audiences to significant local, regional, national and international artists and performances in a world-class venue.

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center is Austin’s only live entertainment venue to embrace and emphasize local talent and art, with over 80% of performances coming from local artists. We inspire creativity and collaboration, and even our grounds are open to social and community groups and events like boot camps, flash mobs, weddings, meetings and races.

Visitors enjoy unprecedented views of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake from the Long Center. Beneath the iconic “Terrace Ring,” the Long Center City Terrace invites the community to experience unmatched views during intermission, or while attending outdoor concerts or free community events like Bubblepalooza and Trailer Food Tuesday.

Our eclectic programming appeals to all ages and interests. From ballet, symphony and opera to Shakespeare, tap dance, children’s theatre, musical theatre, comedy and outdoor concerts, we have something for everyone. Performers include both touring acts and local homegrown shows. Harry Connick, Jr., Leonard Cohen, Blue Man Group and Grupo Fantasma are just a few of the favorite performers who have come through the Long Center.

Place Categories: Arts, Comedy, Dance, Entertainment, and Live Entertainment.Place Tags: austin ballet, ballet, childrens theatre, comedy, long center, musical theatre, orchestra, performance venue, performing arts, and symphony.

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10 reviews

  1. Heather F., Jun 14, 2013 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    The Long Center is great because to enjoy it means to enjoy many things both inside and out: it’s various theaters from the Rollins Theater to Dell Theater (inside) to fabulous concerts and movies shown on their expansive lawn (Concerts In the Park and Sound and Cinema to name a few).

    Diversity is the name of the game here. The Long Center has speaking engagements, symphony, opera, dance, live theater and even live Tupperware Parties.

    Drinks and snacks can be purchased in the lobby beforehand but they are picky about what you can bring inside so be aware. There is plenty of parking in the parking garage and the cost of parking will depend on what you are attending.

    Support fine arts and visit this place often! We are lucky to have The Long Center in Austin.

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  2. Jennie K., Aug 12, 2013 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    4/5

    I love the variety of culture at this place. I’ve seen it host everything from Blue Man Group to Video Games Live to Who’s Line Is It Anyway Live. The sound inside is great and the seats and the bathrooms are immaculate (it’s a theater, what else is there that matters?!)

    You can count on getting into the parking garage (typically for $10) and a short walk over to the theater or park further down Barton Springs for free and walk a little further on a rare cool Austin evening.

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  3. Allison W., Sep 25, 2013 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    4/5

    The Long Center, and what it symbolizes, is part of why I love Austin so much and what makes this city so special and unique.

    You can pay under 20 dollars to sit up in the nosebleed section (I’ve literally sat 2 rows down from the last row in the entire theater) and it is still a GREAT view/sound. This means that even on my budget, I can still afford to go see ballets, plays, symphonies, etc.

    I’ve seen a couple of performances here and really enjoyed the experience. I’m glad that they now let you bring some beverages into the theater, but only certain things (white wine, not red) and only once they pour it into a plastic cup. Of course, prices are pretty high at the bar..but what do you expect?

    The diversity of the performances they offer is AWESOME–something for everyone. If you live in Austin, you should really take advantage of what the city has to offer. And that includes the Long Center.

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  4. Jennifer E., Feb 06, 2014 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    Probably my favorite place to see a show in Austin. There truly is not a bad seat in the house. I have seen so many things here. The sound quality is amazing. I enjoy the Long Center for also hosting the many actives outside. In the summer seeing the free music on Sunday nights to hosting trailers on Tuesdays. This is a gem in the city. I am grateful this is what came out of the old Palmer center and will be here for many more shows in the future. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Deniz V., Mar 03, 2014 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    Saw the Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood show here the last week and had a great time. The venue is really nice, quite new and easy to get in and out of. The seating is good as even from the back, it’s not too far away to still have a decent view. There is definitely more legroom here than in a lot of places, and definitely more than Bass Concert Hall and the Moody Theatre, so that is a plus. Good location right near Lady Bird Lake with a garage next door for easy parking. Nice venue.

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  6. Jeff K., Jun 26, 2014 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    4/5

    Recently attended an event at The Long Center for the first time. Interior was perfectly fine and well suited for the purpose, but nothing out of the ordinary. The outdoor paved area surrounded by columns and green space overlooking downtown was dramatic, and enjoyable I was very impressed by the outgoing personalities and courtesy of the staff. There was a helpful member of staff at every turn, each one smiling and greeting, and seemingly genuinely interested in ensuring an enjoyable experience for patrons. The consistency of friendly helpful attitudes was startling! Great venue – hope for a soon return!

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  7. Piter J., Sep 03, 2014 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    This is one of my favorite places in the world. Long gives a diverse audience amazing access to thought provoking art. For tickets cheaper than spending a night at a bar, I’ve seen performances and films that have changed how I think about the world. I became an opera, film, and theater-lover at Long . I re-up my membership every year.

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  8. Dragonapotheke, Oct 03, 2016 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    4/5

    Probably my favorite place to see a show in Austin. There truly is not a bad seat in the house. I have seen so many things here. The sound quality is amazing. I enjoy the Long Center for also hosting the many actives outside. In the summer seeing the free music on Sunday nights to hosting trailers on Tuesdays. This is a gem in the city. I am grateful this is what came out of the old Palmer center and will be here for many more shows in the future. Keep up the good work.
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  9. Pol Hartman, Jan 25, 2017 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    The sound quality is amazing. I enjoy the Long Center for also hosting the many actives outside. In the summer seeing the free music on Sunday nights to hosting trailers on Tuesdays. This is a gem in the city.
    Drinks and snacks can be purchased in the lobby beforehand but they are picky about what you can bring inside so be aware. There is plenty of parking in the parking garage and the cost of parking will depend on what you are attending.

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  10. Essay, Mar 05, 2017 - Long Center for the Performing Arts
    5/5

    The Long Center is a community gathering place where creativity happens—a premier performing arts center that enriches lives by connecting audiences and artists.

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