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“1920's Opulence At Its Best!”

Morris Performing Arts Center
Ranked #8 of 57 things to do in South Bend
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Owner description: The HOTTEST tickets in town are at the MAGNIFICENT MORRIS! Originally opened in 1922, The MAGNIFICENT Morris is listed in the National Historic Register and completed a restoration and renovation process in 2000 of the stage house and interior restored to its original vaudeville splendor. The Morris is the HOTTEST TICKET in Northwest Indiana for live entertainment! The theater hosts a wide variety of concerts, national Broadway touring musicals, symphony..., Dance, comedians, children's/family shows, and is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Theatre League. The Morris has a seating capacity of 2,564 and is consistently ranked by Pollstar concert industry magazine among the top 100 theaters worldwide. The Morris has been awarded a "Prime Site Award" by Facilities Magazine for several years (voted on by over 10,000 people in the entertainment industry - booking agents, promoters, talent buyers and special event planners.)
Reviewed 30 March 2017

You have to see this ornate and historic theater when you are in South Bend. Even if you don't see a show, it's worth a look see. I saw Wicked there with my mother and it was a fabulous experience. The stage has obviously been updated continually to accomodate a big Broadway show. The sound was excellent, seating comfortable and there are some excellent restaurants within a very short walk in downtown South Bend including lunch at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Dinner at Cafe Navarre or LaSalle Grill. Parking is close and easily walkable.

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Mary S, Operations Manager at Morris Performing Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. The theatre originally opened as the Palace Theatre in 1922 and was designed with many different styles of architecture to give people a feeling as if they were taking a trip to Europe. The Morris and stage completed a major renovation in 2000 to accommodate large Broadway shows.

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"dirty dancing"
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a beautiful venue but the add on's increase a ticket by about $20. There is the "convenience fee" and the "historical preservation fee" and if you order on line there is another fee. Add these to an already high price of a ticket depending on the performance you want to see and it really adds up!
There is really no bad seat. Even the 3rd balcony has a great view of the stage, but bring your opera glasses for a closer look. The acoustics are great and there is no trouble hearing wherever you sit.
The restoration of this beautiful building is something to see.

Thank stichnRN
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Mary S, Operations Manager at Morris Performing Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you for your comments. The Morris is a rental facility which promoters rent to present their show. The promoter sets the cost of the base ticket price for their show. The Box Office is a service to promoters to assist in selling tickets for their shows and this money is transferred to the promoter.

The Internet Convenience Fee covers the extra cost of the ticket web site, mailing tickets, etc. Customers have the option to purchase tickets directly at the Morris Box Office Mon-Fri 12pm-5pm to avoid this fee.

The Capital Improvement Fund Fee was established to pay major maintenance such as roof repair and upgrades of the theater. The Morris is owned by the City of South Bend and regular daily maintenance is handled by an operating budget granted through the City of South Bend Common Council. Capital improvements are paid by people who attend events at the Morris.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We have been to concerts, ballets and musicals here. All were great, this is a wonderful venue in downtown South Bend

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Mary S, Operations Manager at Morris Performing Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

It has a lot of history and beauty! I loved seeing the Nutcracker a few year back here! It was an amazing time.

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Mary S, Operations Manager at Morris Performing Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Went to Mannheim Steamroller concert and was as impressed by the center as the performers and both were good. The interior has been restored to the glory of times past and it is beautiful. The staff were courteous and helpful. It appeared there are no bad seats in the house. Can't address parking as we used a Methodist church lot (we are Methodists in Michigan, so felt the lot was part of the family), but seems there are a lot of spots available around and near the center. Look forward to future events at this venue.

There are mini bars located on different levels within the Morris Center with liquid refreshments and some sweets. Prices comparable to movie theatres.

Thank Chris L
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