The Long Center is a community owned and focused venue, geared toward local non-for-profit performing arts. Annual events like The Nutcracker and comedian Heywood Banks draw large crowds. Home to the Lafayette Symphony and their 8-concert season, the Long Center also hosts Purdue Bands, The Passion Play and many other events. Restored to it’s vaudeville glory in 2001-2002, it is Lafayette’s gem. Facility Information: Capacity: Theater- 1,155, Classroom/ Banquet/ Reception- 85 Built in 1921, the historic Long Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette's Arts and Culture District. Originally named the Mars Theater, it was largely used as a vaudeville theater and then a movie house. Today, the Long Center presents an array of programming including rock and jazz artists, variety acts, theatrical productions and a retro film series. The venue is also home to many local performing arts organizations including the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Purdue Bands, the Long Center Theater Organ Society and many more. The Long Center has been dramatically restored to it's original grandeur and has superb natural acoustics. The theater and attached St. John Pavilion are available for your next event. Call for rental details.