About Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Even before oil barons brought wealth and fame to the region, Tulsa defined itself by cultural sophistication. The city’s first municipal theater was erected in 1914, well before the great building boom of the 1920s that built Tulsa’s downtown.
Its modern replacement came in 1977. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center opened its doors in March of that year with a performance by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald and the Tulsa Philharmonic. Constructed with a combination of public and private funds, the Center is owned and operated now by the City of Tulsa. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki.
Today the Performing Arts Center houses four theaters of various size, Chapman Music Hall, John H. Williams Theatre, Liddy Doenges Theatre and Charles E. Norman Theatre, in addition to a studio space and a large reception hall. It hosts an enormous variety of programming, from big-ticket performances such as Hamilton to local ballet recitals, theatre for young audiences and educational workshops. Buy tickets at the Performing Arts Center’s website.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St. Tulsa, OK 74103