Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street


The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach engages its community through artistic, educational and cultural experiences that enrich lives, promote lifelong learning in and through the performing arts, and serve as a gateway between the university and greater community.
The Center is accessible to CSULB students and faculty, resident companies, off-campus organizations, and schools through educational outreach, licensed activities, and world-class professional performances.


Built in 1994, the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center with a 1,074-seat capacity is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach.

The stage area was modeled after the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and can accommodate large or small performing ensembles, film screenings, concerts, conferences and other special events.
Each season the Carpenter Center presents a variety of music, dance, family, comedy, and cabaret events, as well as commissions new works by some of the country's leading artists and ensembles.

With world premieres, Broadway favorites, and world-class artists, the Carpenter Center has something for everyone.