Eisenhower Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 2,500, is Penn State's primary theatrical performance space.
Opened in 1974 and later named for former University President Milton S. Eisenhower, the modern-style auditorium hosts almost 200 events each year. Most of the events presented by the Center for the Performing Arts occur on the Eisenhower stage.
Offices for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State—including the Arts Ticket Center, which handles ticketing services for all College of Arts and Architecture units plus other clients—are located in the building.
In recent seasons, the Center for the Performing Arts has presented touring Broadway shows including THE BOOK OF MORMON, JERSEY BOYS, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at the auditorium. Other artists who have appeared at Eisenhower in recent years include Silkroad Ensemble, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Béla Fleck, Soweto Gospel Choir, Urban Bush Women, Yo-Yo Ma, Zakir Hussain, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, and Dorrance Dance.