Tennessee Performing Arts Center James Polk Theater
Tennessee Performing Arts Center James Polk Theater -- A Place Where Creativity Thrives
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a nonprofit, private organization that supports a wide range of acts. Occupying an entire city block, this performing arts complex includes four main venues, with the James Polk Theater being the second largest (1,075 seats).
Tennessee Performing Arts Center James Polk Theater History
In 1972, when Martha Rivers Ingram was appointed to the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, she wanted to offer her hometown of Nashville a large-scale performing arts facility. Although she experienced resistance, she did not give up, and in 1980, after the terms of three governors, she opened this premier venue. James Polk Theater was named after the 11th president of the United States, who left Congress to serve as the governor of Tennessee. Today, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center also offers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education programs within the United States.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center James Polk Theater Events
Hosting some of the most popular and spectacular opera, ballet and other special performances in Nashville, the James Polk Theater offers amazing acoustics and a large stage. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is home to the Nashville Opera and Nashville Ballet, and these companies schedule a large number of performances within the James Polk Theater.
In its opening year, this venue presented 119 performances, with a total of 84,000 attendees. Although the James Polk Theater is known for hosting some of the most popular events, this venue is also home to the historic War Memorial Auditorium (1,661 seats). Past performances include Jerry Seinfeld, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Penn and Teller, and even Dora the Explorer for younger audiences. Smaller plays, dance recitals and stand-up comedians are also regularly enjoyed, making this venue highly versatile.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center James Polk Theater Seating Layout
Depending on the performance, the seating capacity of this theater varies based on the tier. With a maximum seating capacity of 1,075 seats, including 44 pits seats, this theater offers an intimate experience. There is the Grand Tier, farthest from the stage, as well as the Orchestra Level and Orchestra Pit area. Behind Row R, guests will find accessible seating and Rows AA to CC are removed when musicians are present. The stage itself is approximately 87 feet by 50 feet.
Known as the Music City, Nashville is home to Vanderbilt University and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Both the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium are must-see theaters.
Beside the James Polk Theater, visitors will find the Tennessee State Museum, showcasing over 60,000 square feet of history.
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