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Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Reno's Top Venue for Musical and Theatrical Performances


Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

About the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1968 and immediately became the prime venue for performance art and cultural activities in Reno and northern Nevada. The Pioneer Center is without equal in providing a professional setting for some of the finest performing artists that play in Reno and it is a focal point for performances by local orchestras, dance groups, dramatic troupes, and other presentations.

Performances at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

There are performances at the Pioneer Center throughout the year. Many are by the resident companies, with other special presentations staged by various community groups. Artown Encore frequently uses the Pioneer Center as the venue for its performances by world-class artists visiting Reno.

The Pioneer Center auditorium seats 1,500. I have been to several shows and can personally testify that there isn't a bad seat in the house. This is a first-class venue with excellent acoustics.

Resident Companies at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center is home to three of Reno's biggest and best performing arts organizations. Each brings unique, high quality performances to the community during the year. Some of these, such as The Nutcracker during the Christmas season, have become annual events.

Each of these organizations also performs at other venues around the Reno / Tahoe area. Check their websites for additional times and places to see them.

Broadway Comes To Reno!

Broadway Comes To Reno! is a series of shows the Pioneer Center has been staging in Reno for over 12 years. The series brings us some of the best shows and touring companies in the country and includes a variety of acts. There's something for just about everyone. Get details on upcoming shows from the Pioneer Center's Calendar and Tickets page. Here is the lineup for the 2013 - 2014 season...

  • The Addams Family - November 29 - December 1, 2013
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis - December 29, 2013 - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Mamma Mia! - January 24, 2014, 8 p.m. January 25, 2014, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. January 26, 2014 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Hello, Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers - February 21, 2014, 8 p.m. February 22, 2014, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. February 23, 2014, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Hair - March 28, 2014, 8 p.m. March 29, 2014, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 30, 2014, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • I Love Lucy - May 6 - 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. May 9, 2014, 8 p.m. May 10, 2014, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 11, 2014, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Tickets and Seating for Shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center only sells tickets through it's website, at the Pioneer Center box office, or by phone. Tickets from other sources are not approved and may be fraudulent.

To see what the view is like from various seating in the Pioneer Center auditorium, go to the seating charts page. Click each seating section link for a picture of the stage view from that particular spot in the auditorium.

To purchase tickets online, go to the Calendar and Tickets page, then click on the Tickets link by the show you wish to attend.

To purchase tickets in person, go to the Pioneer Center box office at 100 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours before shows. There are two free parking spaces on Court Street reserved for ticket purchasers. They are marked with the Pioneer Center logo and limited to 30 minutes.

Call (775) 686-6600 x4 to purchase tickets by phone. Phone center hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

All persons attending shows must have a ticket. Lap seating and babes-in-arms are not permitted.

Parking at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center has no parking lot of its own. The best parking option for performances that begin in the evening is the Washoe County parking lot across Virginia Street and south of the old Washoe County Courthouse. It is on the southwest corner of Court and Virginia Streets. This lot is open to free public parking on weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also metered street parking throughout the area. Parking is enforced Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m., after which it is free. Parking is free all day on Sundays.

Volunteering at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

The Pioneer Center employs volunteers to help as ushers at performances. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call (775) 686-6615 and leave a message, or e-mail volunteer@pioneercenter.com. For more information, refer to the Sign-Up Policies and Procedures.

Pioneer Underground

Pioneer Underground is a separate performance venue from the main Pioneer Center auditorium. The entrance is at the northwest corner of the Pioneer Center plaza at Mill and Virginia Streets. This is an intimate theater where the audience is up close to the stage and performers. Various shows have played here over the years, with Reno Tahoe Comedy currently serving up a steady stream of comedians and comediennes. Visit Reno Tahoe Comedy for a calendar of shows and to purchase tickets.

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