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In my opinion, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is the best venue of its type in all of northern Nevada. Since opening in 1967, the Pioneer Center has undergone a series of upgrades and kept up with the times - this is a state-of-the-art performance theater.

The Buckminster Fuller style geodesic dome building was designed by the Oklahoma City architectural firm of Bozalis, Dickinson and Roloff. It has withstood the test of time as one of Reno's most distinctive and important buildings. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, Nevada
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Shows at the Pioneer Center

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts stages a variety of shows throughout the year. Some of these include holiday shows by A.V.A Ballet Theatre and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, both of which are Pioneer Center resident companies. A series of different shows called "Broadway Comes to Reno!" has been presented for several years. Other individual shows by local and visiting companies play throughout the year.

To learn about what shows are playing and when, visit the Pioneer Center Calendar & Tickets page.

Tickets for Shows at the Pioneer Center

Tickets for Pioneer Center shows can be purchased online, by phone, and at the Pioneer Center box office. Here are the terms straight from the Pioneer Center website - "PioneerCenter.com is the only official website to buy tickets to performances - ALL SALES ARE FINAL - On sales start at 11:00 a.m. Pioneer tickets cannot be resold. Tickets bought from any other ticketing entities are not valid; admission will not be granted. Will call pickup requires the purchase confirmation, valid ID, and the credit card matching the patron confirmation. All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the building. Lap seating is not permitted - no babes in arms."

There are links to online ticket sales on the Pioneer Center Calendar & Tickets page. Tickets can also be purchased through the Pioneer Center box office, 100 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to shows. The phone number is (775) 686-6600. There are two 30 minute ticket sales parking spots on Court Street marked with the Pioneer Center logo.

You can buy tickets from the phone center by calling 1-866-553-6605. Phone center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Pioneer Center Location and Parking

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is located at 100 S. Virginia Street in downtown Reno. It is on the east side of the street, directly across from the old Washoe County Courthouse.

The Pioneer Center does not own any parking areas, but there are plenty of places nearby. The most convenient is the Washoe County lot across the street and south of the courthouse. This lot holds several hundred cars and is free to use in the evenings after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends. The much smaller Wells Fargo lot is also free during evenings and weekends. For more parking information, visit the Pioneer Center's Visitor Information page.

Pioneer Underground

Pioneer Underground is a small, intimate performance venue attached to the Pioneer Center. The entrance is from the plaza in front of the main building, next to the pioneer family statue. This theater is mainly used for stand-up comedians performing with Reno-Tahoe Comedy. You can see who is playing and when at the Pioneer Underground Calendar & Tickets page.

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