Dennison Theatre

A historic theater built in 1935, the Dennsion Theater is ideal for concerts, live performances, and lectures. Includes air conditioning, audio, and display. Seats 1100 people.

Building History

The George & Jane Dennison Theatre, opened in 1935, was formerly known as the University Theatre.  Originally part of the Student Union, the Dennison Theatre, with what is now the connected Fine Arts building, was the first structure built on a college campus using Public Works Administration funds during the Great Depression.  Designed by Missoula architect C.J. Forbis, the theatre was the prominent feature.  In 1996 a complete renovation allowed the Dennison Theatre to become ADA accessible and provided air conditioning, modernizing the Art Deco building and allowing for larger productions.

The list of the great performers and productions that have graced this stage is too long to provide, but a few include: 
Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynne, Jesse Jackson, Tom Brokaw, Al Gore, Clarence Thomas, Daniel Tosh, Bryan Regan, Tracy Morgan, The Moscow Ballet, Paul Taylor Dancers; Grease, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof.

The theatre is also home to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival and the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ fundraising extravaganza, “Odyssey of the Stars.”

Floor Plans & Capacity

The Jane & George Dennison Theatre is an 1100 seat capacity proscenium style venue fully equipped for all types of performances.