Performing Arts Venues

Performing Arts Venues

The Lied Center has two venues for performances: the Main Stage and the Johnny Carson Theater. Showcase your production, concert, play, or lecture on some of the most impressive performance spaces in the Midwest.

The Main Stage's stunning auditorium space and brilliant acoustics make for a spectacular setting for performances that will leave an impression. Seating 2,258 patrons (general admission), the Main Stage space also features three lobbies with concession areas.

The Johnny Carson Theater is a black box theater featuring its own entrance and lobby. With a seating capacity of 250 (tiered seating), it is perfect for intimate performances, recitals and more.

Performance Spaces

Theatre

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    Lied Commons
    Lied Commons
    301 N 12th St
    Lincoln, NE 68588

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    The newest addition to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Lied Commons, opened in 2012. A versatile space, the Lied Commons has its own dedicated entrance extending on to the Friends of Lied Plaza.

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    Carson Theater
    Carson Theater
    301 N 12th St
    Lincoln, NE 68588

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    The Carson Theater is a black box theater and is used for smaller productions, rehearsals, receptions and even UNL dance classes. Portable risers can be arranged to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements for up to 200 people.

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    Lied Center Main Stage
    Lied Center Main Stage
    301 N 12th St
    Lincoln, NE 68508

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    The main hall can seat 2,192 people, with the opportunity for 66 additional seats by lifting the orchestra pit. Wheelchair seating and access is available.

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