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.
For more information or to reserve the Allen Theatre:
- Mark Nazworth
Manager, Theatre Operations
- Austin Pace
Coordinator Theatre Operations
The Allen Theatre is currently hiring student A/V technicians!
A/V Technicians at the Allen Theatre are responsible for the set up and operation of a variety of technical systems within the space. Our crew members are trained on the basics of technical stagecraft such as lighting equipment, sound systems, fly equipment, projection, and several other areas. The Allen hosts a variety of events throughout the year giving our crew members the chance to interact with a wide array of customers such as fellow students, professors, administrators, outside performers, and professional technicians. Our crew members provide a calm and caring presence to both presenters and the audience during any interaction. Here at the Allen we understand that our employees are first and foremost students, as such we do not schedule in conflict with class and testing schedules. We are looking for hard-working individuals that are willing to learn and stay attentive in order to always leave our customers with a positive experience.
- Experience in presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Ability to assist both our customers and audience members.
- Flexibility to work an average of 15-20 hours a week.
- Knowledge of basic cleaning and maintenance practices.
- Willingness to seek responsibility and opportunity.
- Ability to sit for several hours at a time.