Hult Center for the Performing Arts

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Hult Center for the Performing Arts
The Hult Center
The Hult Center at night
Address One Eugene Center, Eugene OR, 97401
Location On Willamette Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues
Coordinates 44°03′09″N 123°05′36″W / 44.052491°N 123.093216°W / 44.052491; -123.093216Coordinates: 44°03′09″N 123°05′36″W / 44.052491°N 123.093216°W / 44.052491; -123.093216
Owner City of Eugene, Oregon, Cultural Services Division
Type concert venue, performing arts venue, theater
Seating type Reserved seating
Capacity 2448 (Silva Concert Hall), 498 (Soreng Theater) 200 (The Studio)
Built 1982

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue in Eugene, Oregon.

The Hult Center is located downtown on Willamette Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, adjacent to the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center. Built using funds that were approved by voters in 1978, the Hult Center and the Hilton were completed in 1982 as part of the same urban renewal project.

The Hult Center is operated by the City of Eugene and is one of two performing arts venues owned by the City. Cuthbert Amphitheater, located in Eugene's Alton Baker Park, is also owned by the City and is operated by Kesey Enterprises.

Twenty-seven architectural firms competed for the opportunity to design the Center, but in the end, the Eugene City Council awarded the contract to the New York firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. The firm had previously designed the $7.5-million, 2,700-seat Minneapolis Orchestra Hall and the $13-million Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance and other facilities[edit]

The Hult Center houses 2 performance halls, a meeting venue and a public art gallery:

  • Silva Concert Hall, 2,448 seats
  • Soreng Theater, 495 seats
  • The Studio, capacity 200
  • Jacobs Gallery
  • The Cuthbert Amphitheater, in Eugene's Alton Baker Park, approximately 5,000 seats.

Resident companies[edit]

Resident companies at the Hult Center must satisfy a minimum number of performance and audience attendance requirements. In return, they enjoy certain priority scheduling privileges, hall rental discounts and the ability to apply for funding from the Hult Endowment. The residency requirements are not always easy to achieve or maintain.[1] The current resident companies are:

Other local performers at the Hult Center[edit]

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