Clowes Memorial Hall
Original Architect: Evans Woollen III & John M. Johansen
Architectural Style: A Bedford limestone & concerete structure modeled after 17th and 18th Century opera houses.
For 50 years Clowes Memorial Hall has remained one of the Midwest’s premiere performing arts facilities. Clowes Memorial Hall opened its doors October 18, 1963 in memory of the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, former research director for Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Clowes devoted his life to science and the arts. The idea of a multi-purpose hall to serve Indianapolis and the community as a center for all the entertaining arts was conceived by Dr. Clowes. Funds to erect and complete the hall were subscribed by Dr. Clowes’ family, with his wife, Edith Whitehill Clowes as the principal donor, Butler University and a small circle of friends sharing in Dr. Clowes’ devotion to the arts.
In addition to the Clowes Performing Arts Series and their Education program, Clowes Memorial Hall is home to resident companies such as the Indianapolis Opera, JCFA’s Music at Bulter and the Butler Ballet. Broadway in Indianapolis and other great organizations such as Music For All (Bands of America) and Butler’s Visiting Writers Series and Religion Seminars also present at Clowes Memorial Hall.
All persons and bags are subject to search. Sharp objects, weapons and illegal contraband are not permitted into the venue. For your own safety, and that of all of our patrons, guests may be required to undergo electronic security screening at the entrances to the Theatre.
The items listed below, and any additional items that Theatre management determines could potentially distract from the audience’s safety and enjoyment, are prohibited items which will not be allowed inside the venue. The Theatre reserves the right to eject or bar entry to patrons who have such prohibited items in their possession. No refunds will be given. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving. Clowes Memorial Hall does not provide lockers and will not check or hold any personal belongings.
- Cameras with external flash or interchangeable lenses (no professional photography without authorization)
- AUDIO/ VIDEO RECORDING DEVICES
- TRIPODS/ MONOPODS
- LASER POINTERS
- ILLEGAL DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
- CHEMICAL WEAPONS (INCLUDING MACE AND PEPPER SPRAY)
- NOISE MAKING DEVICES
- OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
- SIGNS/ FLAGS/ BANNERS
- OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE, INCLUDING ALCOHOL*
- BACKPACKS OR OVERSIZED BAGS (OVER 14″ x 15″)*
- BEACH BALLS OR PROJECTILES
- SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS/ROLLER BLADES
- CANS OR BOTTLES
- PETS (SERVICE ANIMALS EXEMPT)
- SELFIE STICKS
*Exceptions will be made for those with disabilities, medical requirements and/or special needs. Guests with specific/special dietary needs due to disabilities, medical conditions or special needs should contact by email prior to attending the event to arrange for reasonable accommodations.
- Selects this section on the seating chart: Main Floor,
- Selects this section on the seating chart: First Terrace,
- Selects this section on the seating chart: Second Terrace,
- Selects this section on the seating chart: Third Terrace,