The Center for the Arts offers ideal and flexible settings for a variety of events and performances, and can accommodate groups from 20 to over 1780. From the intimate Black Box to the large scale Mainstage Theatre, there is a space that will suit your needs.

All our venues are supported by our highly skilled and experienced professional staff, who can assist with all of your event and production needs.

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A spectacular two-story Atrium Lobby, topped by a vaulted skylight, establishes a dramatic first impression for visitors to the Center for the Arts. It can accommodate a standing reception for up to 800 people, or seat 400 for an elegant dinner. The skylight and glass walls make the Atrium a room with a view of the sky above or Lake LaSalle beyond. At night, our LED lighting system creates a memorable atmosphere.

Mainstage Theatre

The Center's 1,748-seat Mainstage is the largest of the building's four theatres. The Mainstage is unique not only for its outstanding facilities, but also for the niche it fills in existing area production space. This space is available for major theatrical productions, operas, concerts, musicals, dance presentations, and lectures.

Drama Theatre

The 380-seat Drama Theatre is an intimate space is ideal for plays, musicals, chamber orchestras, dance presentations, and performances by touring companies, with an adjustable-width proscenium, 40 line-sets, a fully trapped stage, and an orchestra pit for 40 musicians. It's an ideal setting for creating synergy between audience and performer. Each seat offers a spectacular view.

Black Box Theatre

For those who aspire to a create-it-yourself aesthetic, the Black Box Theatres allow just that. This theatre can accommodate up to 150 seats in any configuration, providing flexible space for avant-garde productions, experimental theatre, music, and multimedia productions. It is also suitable for luncheon, dinner events; and receptions.

Screening Room

The 210-seat Screening Room is suitable for digital screenings and film festivals, as well as video art productions, speakers and panel discussions, poetry readings, and press conferences. The recently updated projection system is 1080p HD capable for computer and Blu-Ray projection, with 7.1 surround sound

UB Art Gallery

Exhibits contemporary international art on two floors and may be scheduled for special events. For more information, please visit

Art Department Gallery

Located on the lower level of the Center exhibits student, faculty, and alumni art work during the academic year and may be scheduled for small gatherings depending on exhibit schedules. Call (716) 645-6201 for information.

Support Spaces

Dressing Rooms

The Center has seven Dressing Rooms located at stage level that are able to accommodate up to 69 persons. All rooms have tables, chairs, mirrors, toilet and shower facilities and sinks with hot and cold water.


A laundry room with washer/dryer, ironing board, iron, sewing machine and steamer are available 

Scene Shop

The shop has fabricated sets for every size production from small student productions to the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and everything in between.

Center Suite

Our suite can sit up to 20, and is the ideal meeting or VIP space.

Support Services

  • A well-trained event, production, front-of-house and box office staff
  • Seven dressing rooms with 63 dressing stations and showers
  • Program paging, intercom, and CATV from performance space to production areas
  • A relaxing Center Suite green room space with kitchen
  • Ample guest parking
  • Refreshment concessions
  • Coat room
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating locations
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Convenient box office hours and services