Hoyt Sherman Place
A grand manor home built in 1877 by prominent businessman Hoyt Sherman; the structure is now a museum and performing arts center. The original house and gallery display an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and elaborately carved 17th century furniture as well as many rare, ancient artifacts. The newly renovated historic theater built in 1923, hosts an impressive array of world renowned musicians, theatrical productions, and local performing arts events.
I have only been here twice, both times in the Theater which is beautifully ornate and not so huge that you feel isolated if you happen to be seated near the back. I was fortunate to be in the third row of the main seating area for a concert recently and I had a great view of the stage. The seats are pretty comfortable too. The parking lot is not very big but street parking is allowed on the surrounding streets. Also many concerts offer valet parking, often worked by college students from nearby Drake University, and this can be a very helpful option on dark or cold nights.
Raccoon Valley Centre for the Arts
Beautiful historic site, wonderful period art gallery, intimate concdrt space... splendid place! Our exhibit was held there in connection with Jazz in July, it was simply a wonderful venue, top-notch in every way!
Beautiful historically kept venue with lots to see before a show! Not a bad seat in the house. I always enjoy coming to Hoyt Sherman.
I love this venue. It is small and intimate. Pretty much any seat is a good seat. Acoustics are great.
We performed the show 'she kills monsters' the house staff that work there are the sweetest people! I am so glad we got to do our show there. The seats are soft and comfy and sound carries well im hard of hearing and i heard our actors easily with proper projection even without mic's! It was really fun, its faster to just walk there but u can use the sky way on a chilly day it takes am extra 15 minutes! Beatiful place, beautiful space!