The Dome at Oakdale Theatre - Unique Venue Beneath a Wooden Dome
This iconic performance venue has worn many hats, transitioning from a theater-in-the-round facility to a rotating concert stage to the part lobby, part concert venue status it enjoys now. Featuring nationally touring acts on a regular schedule, the Dome is an unforgettable venue in which to enjoy your favorite musicians.
The Dome at Oakdale Theatre History
The Dome at Oakdale Theatre has a history dating back to 1954, when it was built atop an alfalfa field by Ben Segal. Designed to satisfy the theatre-in-the-round fad that had gripped the nation at the time, the original circular stage hosted a spat of musicals before transitioning into an open air summer concert venue in the '60s, complete with a spinning stage.
Everything changed in 1996, when the modern day 4,600-seat Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre was built as an addition, and the Dome was re-envisioned as a beautiful lobby for the new theater space and occasional concert venue.
The Dome at Oakdale Theatre Events
While the neighboring Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre hosts a broad variety of theater, traveling Broadway shows, concerts and more, the Dome at Oakdale Theatre is dedicated primarily to concerts. Across its decades of history and all accompanying changes, the Dome has seen performances by Ethel Merman, Cream, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Dropkick Murphys, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Avicii, the Neon Trees, Modest Mouse, Twenty One Pilots, Third Eye Blind and Young Jeezy, among shows by many other notable performers. Ray Davies was the first to perform in the modern day Dome shortly after the renovation was finished in 1996.
The Dome at Oakdale Theatre Seating Layout
The Dome at Oakdale originally featured space for just 1,700 patrons, but with the addition of the wooden dome in 1972, the capacity doubled to 3,200. Tickets at the Dome at Oakdale are general admission only, so fans should arrive early to claim the best spots near the stage.
Are you looking for things to do in town before your show at the Dome begins? Check out one of the many vineyards and sample a glass of the local vintage, get a glimpse into the past at the Wallingford Historical Society, or visit the Nehemiah Royce House, a historic colonial home visited on several occasions by George Washington. Looking for other places where you can hear your favorite bands play? Head south to nearby New Haven to check out other live music venues, such as the College Street Music Hall or the Outer Space in Hamden.
The Oakdale Theatre had many different names, including the original "Oakdale Musical Theatre" and the "Chevrolet Theatre" before taking its current name.