James Simpson Theatre

Gather attendees in a classic theater setting with state-of-the-art A/V

Age groups


Up to 700 seated

The James Simpson Theatre is a premier venue perfect for large corporate and other professional gatherings. Guests can enter through our West Entrance, adjacent to theatre.

Classic architectural elements, including Doric columns, ornate recessed ceiling, carved moldings, and chandeliers meet the latest in presentation technology. Equip your presentations and lectures with HD- and 3D-quality video and full-cinema surround sound. 

The theatre is part of the Rita and John Canning Conference Center. When combined with the Montgomery Ward Lecture Hall and other classrooms, this space can accommodate up to 700 event attendees. 

An inviting foyer in the adjoining West Lobby is also available for registration, receptions, food service, and other uses during your rental.


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Space Details

  • Square Footage: 11,851 square feet with 700 total seats (including 50 in boxes). Foyer adds additional space for registration and receptions.
  • Ceiling Height: Vaulted ceiling height ranges from 19–21 feet
  • Stage Specs: Arch opening of stage is 18 feet 10 inches wide
  • AV Capabilities: Work with our approved vendors on audio/visual and lighting