Theatre Facilities

Interior: Pearce  Auditorium

Pearce Auditorium

Pearce Auditorium is a 700-seat, 19th century opera house.

Pearce Auditorium was dedicated on May 21, 1897, as “the largest of its kind in the South.” In 1978, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Three years later it was closed for renovations, then reopened in the spring of 1984.

In addition to its wide usage by such local groups as The Arts Council, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, the Gainesville Ballet, the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra and many Brenau University events, Pearce Auditorium had been the site of many famous speakers. Helen Keller, Will Durant, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Dennis, Martin Luther King Sr., Letitia Baldridge, Robert Peters, Williams Warwick, Dan Rather, Jane Fonda, and Maria Von Trapp spoke or performed in Pearce. The Arts Council has welcomed additional guests in recent years as part of its Pearce Series, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Joffery II Ballet, the Vienna Boys Choir, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Mann, Chuck Mangione, Steve and Loretta Switt.

Hosch Theatre

Hosch Theatre

Opened in 2002, the Hosch Theatre is the largest performance space in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Named after its donor, Mary Helen Roop Hosch, the theater offers seating for an audience of approximately 350. The Burd Center is located at 429 Academy Street, close to the main campus area.

the Ed Cabell Theatre

Ed Cabell Theatre

Named after Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s first artistic director, the Ed Cabell Theatre seats 200 in a three-quarter round space. This theatre is located on the University of North Georgia-Gainesville campus inside the Continuing Education/Performing Arts building, at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

Theatre on the Square

Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square

The Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square is a 300-seat proscenium theatre, located inside the multi-purpose Brenau Downtown Center at 301 Main St, SW in Gainesville, only a few blocks from Brenau’s campus and perched on the edge of Gainesville’s bustling downtown square.