Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center

Theater, Concert Hall, and General Entertainment
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Kevin L.
    "See wicked! was a great performance!"(3 Tips)
    Matt S.
    "Book of Mormon, fantastic production!"(2 Tips)
    Amy R.
    "Mr. Valli was AMAZING & AWESOME!"(2 Tips)
    Adam B.
    "Get season tickets."(2 Tips)
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  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MurphyDecember 8, 2016
    Enjoyed a performance of "Beautiful" a Carole King Musical 🎶 (last night)
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GénéreuxNovember 13, 2016
    Great venue, we are a lucky community. John Prine concert was great...except they didn't get the sound system right...was almost like static...
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannMarch 17, 2016
    Best venue in Iowa period! Try to get as close as you can to the front, it makes the experience even better, you feel so immersed!
  • Thomas I.
    Thomas IannelliNovember 3, 2015
    No bad seats.
  • Thomas
    ThomasNovember 1, 2015
    There are always interesting (and usually locally-produced) shows in the Stoner Theater, in the basement here.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MohlisSeptember 15, 2015
    Wonderful venue with a lot throughout the year!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MrachinaMay 16, 2015
    Hardly a bad seat in the house. Great place for a date
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 9, 2015
    Lots of memories playing alto sax here for the Iowa Jazz Competition held each year. Listen to a variety of cool, swingin' high school jazz bands!
  • Patrick O.
    Patrick O'BrienFebruary 28, 2015
    Great venue for both Broadway road shows and concerts!
  • Orchid
    OrchidJanuary 16, 2015
    I went to see Book of Mormon here! If you're a bigger person the seats are a tight squeeze, though.
  • Dennis S.
    Dennis ShawFebruary 19, 2014
    Blue man group
  • Deb G.
    Deb GaskinsFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Smart Talk
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DavisJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try and get seats lower than doors E4&W4
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsOctober 5, 2013
    Mr. Valli was AMAZING & AWESOME! A GREAT entertainer! We had a terrific time!!
  • frnlrwme
    frnlrwmeOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Frankie Valli - his Four Seasons were cute.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BrewerApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get season tickets. Seriously. For a little more than you pay for one show, you can go to 5-7 shows at astonishingly affordable prices. Park at 5th and Walnut -- it's hardly used on show nights.
  • David S.
    David SlinkerMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a bad seat in the house...except the one you didn't buy.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KinmanFebruary 24, 2013
    Symphony sounds just as good in a $15 seat.
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy Haller CoakleyFebruary 2, 2013
    They sell Chocolate Storybook goodies at the concessions! Yum! Do it!
  • Matt S.
    Matt StahrFebruary 2, 2013
    Book of Mormon, fantastic production!
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MurphyJanuary 27, 2013
    Always a good show here. Extreme sides of the aisles block most of the view of the stage. Event staff have been less than polite.
  • Teri H.
    Teri HardyJanuary 16, 2013
    Yo Gabba Gabba was fantastic
  • Brady A.
    Brady AchesonOctober 24, 2012
    Fresh Beat Band going Bananas!
  • Tricia F.
    Tricia FryOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Les Misérables is AMAZING!!!
  • Martin B.
    Martin BurkeOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great shows!!!
  • Angie R.
    Angie Rudkin EvoyMarch 3, 2012
    You better BRING IT!
  • Kassie G.
    Kassie GiardinaFebruary 29, 2012
    Bring It On! <3
  • K B.
    K BurkeNovember 19, 2011
    If you're going to see Wicked come 2 1/2 hours early and try your luck at the lottery. We got a pair of orchestra seats for $25 each! Cash on hand a must.
  • Billy W.
    Billy WilsonNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I thought Wicked was a good show. I did not find myself humming any tunes as I left. This will most likely be the only time I see this production.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LarsonNovember 7, 2011
    See wicked! was a great performance!
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For many musicals the seating is better in the back for acoustics.
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MannetterApril 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The StageWest season ticket is a great value. They do thought-provoking, fun performances at the Civic Center's Stoner Theater.
  • Dana V.
    Dana Van WoertJanuary 27, 2011
    Go to court ave for drinks before... they are way cheaper! I suggest mickeys
  • officialfye
    officialfyeJanuary 19, 2011
    Are you a Rock of Ages fan? Now that you’ve checked into Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, be sure to stop by your local f.y.e and check-in to save $2 on the Rock of Ages soundtrack ($7.99 after dis Read more
  • John P.
    John PembleOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    I am often here for work and never have a bad experience. Enjoy their staff, the performances, and connecting with other people in the arts here.
  • Amy
    AmyOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a single bad seat here!
  • T.J. V.
    T.J. Van VeenMay 8, 2010
    Going to watch Colin Machrie and Brad Sherwood. Gonna be great! Read more
  • Paul S.
    Paul SearsMarch 28, 2010
    The seating effing SUCKS here. Old man after old man climbs over you and trips on your feet. The seats are so effing narrow it's awkward as f@*k to try and stand up to let people pass.
  • Dale S.
    Dale StarkJanuary 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Pre-order your drinks for intermission. Ask your bartender!
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