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Elvis Presley, Baryshnikov, and Barney played the historic Ellis Auditorium, which closed in 1996 after 77 years.  On the same spot, just a few years later in 2003, the Cannon Center, designed to exacting acoustic standards, became Memphis’s most modern theater and home to the renowned Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

While the acoustics are nearly flawless, they are only matched by the beauty of the theater.  Indeed, U2’s Bono called the Cannon Center an “amazingly beautiful theater” during his acceptance of the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.

With 2072 seats, a Broadway sized stage and multiple dressing rooms; the Cannon Center can host any event.  Opera, boxing, theater, rock and roll, corporate meetings, awards shows, country concerts - our professional event staff has seen it all.

 The Cannon Center is located in downtown Memphis, is adjacent to the 600-room Sheraton Hotel and connected to 750 covered and secured parking spots.  Experience the convenience, beauty and acoustical excellence of the Cannon Center.

Planning Information

The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children's theater and general sessions for conventions in the Memphis Cook Convention Center. 

Box Office Hours
Mon. to Fri.: 12 pm - 5 pm
Show days 2 hours before doors open

Location
Downtown Memphis,
255 N Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Will Call Information
Will Call is located at the Cannon Center Box Office
and opens 90 minutes prior to event. 
You must have your actual credit card
and picture ID to pick up tickets.

Parking Information
There are three levels of on-site parking and enough space (including handicap) for over 750 vehicles.
We'd recommend using the garage entrance on Front Street between Poplar Ave. and Winchester Ave.

Facilities Overview

The world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts officially opened to rave reviews in January 2003. The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children's theater and general sessions for conventions in the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions

Proscenium Opening: 40' x 55'

Stage Depth: rear wall: 50'4"

Plaster Line at Center Stage To:

  • spot booth: 122'
  • mix position: 69'2"
  • balcony wall: 204

Loading dock:

  • located at rear of theater on Front Street
  • 2 bays — 100' x 30
  • 2 sets of loading doors, 18' x 5' each (from shop to stage)

Orchestra Pit:

  • Downstage — 10' front center
  • Upstage — 15' from center
  • Both — 25' from center

Dressing Rooms

Stage Level

  • 4-star dressing rooms (1-2 people)
  • 2-musicians changing rooms (10 people)

1 level above

  • 4-6 person dressing rooms
  • 4-chorus rooms (12 person stations)
  • 1-crew locker room

Total

  • 15 total
  • All dressing rooms have restrooms with showers, make-up counters (except musicians changing rooms), Broadway lights, individual climate control, program and paging. Most dressing rooms have phone hook-ups.
Stay informed about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra ballet, opera and concerts coming to the cannon center.
The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility offers the best possible acoustics for concerts, lectures and performances.