Long Center for the Performing Arts


After a programming phase spearheaded by FDA to help plan for the needs of arts groups in the community, Austin’s Arts Center Stage engaged Jaffe Holden Acoustics and Zeidler Roberts Partnership to join with us in carrying out a major transformation of Austin’s circa 1958 Palmer Auditorium.

This City-owned structure was both outdated and poorly equipped to meet the needs of the City’s rich offerings of jazz, modern dance, experimental theatre, opera, and symphonic music.  The reconfigured Palmer has both a 2,400-seat multipurpose theatre and a new, 200-seat studio theatre.

The large, fully equipped Dell Hall serves as the permanent homes of the Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The smaller, flexible Rollins Studio Theater serves as an inviting, affordable alternative for many of Austin’s smaller performing groups.

  • Client: Arts Center Stage
  • Project Category: Performing Arts Centers
  • Architect: Zeidler Roberts Partnership
  • Arch. of Record: Team Hass
  • Completion Year: 2007
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Building Size: 235,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 2,400 seats

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