The Allen Theatre, formerly Center Theatre, is located in the Student Union and opened in 1976 with a mission to serve the university and the community at large. The theatre soon became the first performing arts facility in the Lubbock Community to present an annual series of diverse cultural entertainment. The Allen Theatre has served as the premiere performance space for Texas Tech since its' opening and continues to play host to a large number of events. Over ten thousand performances have taken place in the facility.
The theatre operates year-round and offers a charming space to present performances such as concerts, dance performances, movies, and plays. It is an excellent venue for lectures and multimedia presentations.
The Allen Theatre is made up of one performance space. It is a proscenium style auditorium with 936 seats. The theatre has good acoustics and sight lines. It is easily accessible and ADA compliant.
On September 25, 1985, the Center Theatre was dedicated and renamed, the Allen Theatre, in honor of the visionary James G. Allen. Mr. Allen was the key figure in the development of the Student Union and was committed to improving the quality of life for the students, the faculty, and the community.
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