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Performance Spaces and Facilities

Looking for a place to host a business meeting, an event or a wedding? The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center has what you need.

  • Requests for use of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center performance and other spaces, prices and availability may be made by contacting Jay Vanduch, Director of Operations. All requests are subject to availability and approval by the Director of the OLPAC. 

Performance Spaces

Larson Memorial Concert Hall – 1,000 seats

The Larson Memorial Concert Hall is a beautiful 1,000-seat hall featuring custom acoustics which adjust to meet the needs of all groups performing there. It is fully equipped with its own percussion equipment, risers, acoustical shells, professional sound and recording equipment, along with Fazioli and Steinway concert grand pianos.

Larson Memorial Concert Hall Entrance
Larson Memorial Concert Hall
Oscar Larson Theatre – 850 seats

A series of blue, pine board chevrons surround the 850-seat audience chamber in the Oscar Larson Theatre. This vibrant and memorable space brings warmth to any event. The Theatre serves as the home of State University Theatre, Prairie Repertory Theatre, SDSU Opera and is the locale for visiting and community artists, lectures and university ceremonies. The performance space includes state-of-the-art lighting and sound, an orchestra pit, and expansive stage and several support areas. The theatre’s grand opening was April 2019 and featured a national tour of Chicago, the Musical.

Oscar Larson Theatre signage
Proscenium Theatre
Founders Recital Hall – 225 seats

Founders Recital Hall reflects the exceptional tradition of music education and performance. The name honors the words and intention of benefactor Horace Fishback III, who grew up in Brookings and went on to become a professional organist, composer and professor. The 225 seats create an intimate and interactive space for musicians and visitors. Over 100 annual recitals by music faculty, students and visiting artists are presented each year. In describing the space, Architect Malcom Holzman states, “four slim wood columns, two large beams and an inverted woven wood basket shelter the audience. Silver leafing, zinc shingles and pips add sparkle to the earth tones.”

Founders Recital Hall
Founders Recital Hall
Fishback Studio Theatre – 180 seats

Opened in 2003, this 180-seat black box-styled theatre has an adjustable seating system and grid-styled lighting allow for a great deal of flexibility and theatrical experimentation. Retractable acoustical curtains can cover the entirety of three walls. A large-screen and high-definition projector allows for large-scale video enhancement for performances and presentations.

Fishback Studio Theatre outside
Fishback Studio Theatre

Facilities

Dr. Scotty & Margaret Roberts Lobby
Roberts lobby sign
Grand piano in Roberts Lobby
Paul & Doris Moriarty Lobby
Paul & Doris Moriarty Lobby
Ernest J. & Mildred K. Hugghins Lobby
Enrest and Mildred Hugghins Lobby
Dance Studio

Designed to the exacting standards of professional rehearsal spaces, the SDSU Dance Studio boasts an isolated sprung wood floor, a mirror wall with barre and exceptional natural light. The 2,500 square foot studio with a 20’ ceiling height is a very specialized instructional space and more. It is equipped with a full pipe grid allowing the space to be easily transformed from a teaching environment to an intimate performance space. Multiple overhead lighting positions, curtains to darken the room and cover the mirrors, flexible audio-visual equipment and a few live musicians permit a variety of formal and informal activities.

Dance student in the dance studio
Large Ensemble Rehearsal Facilities

Two spaces are dedicated to large instrumental ensemble rehearsals – a choral rehearsal room and an instrumental rehearsal room. 

Large Ensemble Rehearsal Facilities
Multi-Use Rehearsal Facilities

Multi-use rehearsals are used for smaller ensembles, sectionals, studio ensembles and evening theatrical rehearsals.

Multi-use Rehearsal Facilities