Long Center Dell Hall illustrious history began in 1998, when Lester E. Palmer Auditorium was leased to the Arts Center Stage by the voting of Austin citizens. Arts Center Stage was a nonprofit entertainment group that took over the auditorium for community performances. Long Center for the Performing Arts EVENTS Calendar
Long Center Dell Hall Location
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
The name of Palmer Auditorium was changed to the ‘Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts’ after the group received a hefty 20 million dollars from Teresa Lozano Long and Joe R. in 1999.
In 2003, the board, along with the donors and art dealers, decided to gear the hall as a leading Austin venue; it was to be much grander than the perhaps the original plan. However with the slowing of the economy, they needed a new influx of funds to carry on their vision. Michael and Susan Dell (of Dell computers for those outside TX who might not know!) to the rescue..
Along the way, the name got shortened to ‘Long Center for the Performing Arts’ or ‘Long Center’ or simply ‘Dell Hall’ if the event is playing in Dell Hall.
In October of 2003, the Board of Trustees approved a revised project plan to build the largest theatre, the Michael & Susan Dell Hall (2,300 seats) along with the new community theatre, the Debra & Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre (240 seats) in Phase I.
The advance engineering makes the hall perfect for acoustic music as well as live feed. And now Dell Hall has become one of the best Austin venues for performing arts, seminars.. even upscale cocktail parties.
The grand opening of the Long Center took place on March 28, 2008. Here is a partial list of amazing talent performing at Dell Hall 2010: Steve Martin, David Sedaris, Coppelia, Menopause – the Musical, Storytime Live