The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts gets its name from the woman who founded it, Sally Ordway Irvine. Conceived in the 1980s, the performing arts house's spirit is a nod to the great fine arts facilities of Europe. Similar to European fine arts establishments, Ordway events include everything from Russian circus acts to classic opera and children's theater. Funding for the performing arts center came from private donors, including from Sally Ordway Irvine, who donated $7.5 million of her own money. Currently, this $46 million St. Paul landmark has the distinction of being the most expensive privately funded institution in Minnesota. Performers like Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, the Puppet State Theatre, Latin jazz, salsa performer and Grammy-winning artist, Eddie Palmieri and Academy Award-winning actor, Jane Fonda, are just some of the acts you can see here. Get Ordway Center for the Performing Arts tickets at StubHub today!
How many seats does the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts have?
The Ordway Music Theater seats 1,910 guests. The concert hall seats 1,085 in a shoebox-style hall. In general, the facility also has two rehearsal halls, and each floor has a lobby. The Target Atrium, which is a two-story lobby, has views that look out over downtown Saint Paul and Rice Park.
Is the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts accessible by public transportation?
Yes! You'll find the Ordway at 345 Washington Street, across from Rice Park. There are quite a number of buses that stop on Washington Street & 5th Street West as well as on 5th Street West & Market Street. You can also catch the Metro at the Central Station. Finally, there are a number of bike racks in the area for cyclists.
Is there parking nearby?
A variety of parking options are available for people visiting the Ordway. Visitors will find spots at the Science Museum, Travelers Insurance, the Victory Ramp and street meters around the area. Metered parking is monitored Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are also accommodations for school bus parking.
Does the Ordway offer food and beverage options?
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of snacks and beverages for theater visitors, and eating and drinking is allowed in both the concert hall and the music theater. It's possible to avoid the crowds by pre-ordering your drinks and desserts for intermission. Additionally, a number of restaurants sit in the vicinity of the performing arts center, including the Afro Deli, Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza, Gray Duck Tavern, Mickey's Diner and Sakura Restaurant and Sushi.
Is the Ordway wheelchair accessible?
Absolutely! The center is wheelchair accessible. It also provides open captioning, ASL interpretation and audio descriptions for the performance upon request.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
Yes, there are quite a few. The Treasure Island Center is home to several sports teams, including the Minnesota Wild, the Minnesota Whitecaps and the Hamline Piper's Hockey Programs. Level 3 of Treasure Island boasts a casino and resort. The Science Museum with exhibits about destinations like Cuba, the National Parks and other places also has its campus nearby.Back to Top
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