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Barrymore Theatre

The Barrymore Theatre (originally The Eastwood) was built in 1929 as the third movie theater erected in Madison, Wisconsin. It sustained itself as a neighborhood movie theater until the late 70s. The theater was briefly vacant in the early 80s and was renovated into a live events theatre in 1987. That is when it took up its present name, and began the transformation into what it is today.

We host 80 to 100 events a year, specializing in concerts, but we also do other events (movies, stand up comedy, flea markets, children's community talent shows, and plays).

The theatre's rich acoustics have provided the setting for live recorded releases by respected artists such as Richard Thompson, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Subdudes, and Luther Allison. We've also been a rehearsal space for Garbage and the legendary Jimmy The Go-Go Man!

Description of Performance Area

32' prescenium
18-20' deep

Backstage Space

2 dressing rooms with private bathrooms and long common area

Wing Space

12x12 on each side

Fly Space


Sound Equipment

house system/can bring in sound from company

Lighting Equipment

house lighting system

Projection Booth Information

Yes, sound and lights from auditorium

Box Office Services

Tickets for events at the Barrymore Theatre can be purchased online from the Event Schedule page.
Mail order tickets will be sent U.S. mail within 2 weeks of the order. This option will not be available less than 1 week before the show.
Will call tickets will be held at the Barrymore Box Office and can be picked up Day Of Show beginning 90 minutes before show time.
There are no ticket refunds or exchanges, except in situations where a show is canceled or postponed.
For shows that are canceled or postponed the ticket refund is for the ticket price only, and does not include the convenience fee.
All information collected during the order process will be used by the Barrymore Theatre and will not be shared or sold to any outside party.
All online transactions are processed over secure servers.

Rental Information

Contact Steve Sperling

Seating Capacity

850 seats