Venues A-ZBarrymore Theater
Chazen Museum of Art
First United Methodist Church
Fredric March Play Circle
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Marquee Theater at Union South
Wisconsin Union Theater
The Chazen Museum of Art collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits works of art and presents related educational programs in support of the teaching, research, and public service mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The museum consists of two buildings: the 90,000-square-foot Conrad A. Elvehjem building, designed by the notable Chicago architect Harry Weese and opened in 1970, and the new 86,000-square-foot expansion designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston that opened in October, 2011. A new 160-seat auditorium, just off the lobby, is equipped for film and video screenings as well as lectures. Public parking is available at the City of Madison State Street campus ramp (entrances on Lake Street and Frances Street) and in the University Square parking ramp, entrance on Lake Street. See the Downtown Madison parking webpage for more information. Almost all Madison Metro buses that run westbound stop at the University @ Lake stop (directly in front of the museum) and almost all eastbound buses stop at the Johnson @ Lake stop (one block south of the museum).
First United Methodist Church in downtown Madison, Wisconsin is an active ministry. From our food ministries, homeless ministries and housing outreach to our music ministries and youth programs, we are working to become the hands and feet of God in the world. If you are looking for a way to serve others, to nurture your spirit, or to feel part of a community - we invite you to join us.
The Memorial Union offers a variety of social and educational activities for UW students, faculty, staff, Wisconsin Union Members, and the Madison community. Opened on October 5, 1928, the Memorial Union sits on the shores of Lake Mendota between Helen C. White Library and the Armory (Red Gym). This building is most recognized for its classic architecture and bright green, orange and yellow sunburst Memorial Union Terrace chairs.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art. It serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and by offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art. Films will be screened in the museum's state-of-the-art 225-seat lecture hall.
MMoCA is adjacent to the Overture Center for the Arts, in the 200 block of State Street, between Johnson and Dayton. The museum can be accessed from entrances on State Street and North Henry Street. The closest public parking is in the State Street Capitol and Overture Center ramps.
Madison's newest theater is part of the LEED-certified brand new Union South building, which opened its doors to campus and the public in spring 2011. This new mecca on the southwest side of the UW-Madison campus offers multiple dining options (including a wine bar, coffee shop, and small market), meeting spaces, concert venues, and even a climbing wall and bowling alley -- all in the confines of one building. Among the building's many amenities, the new Marquee Theater stands out as a gem. The 330-seat theater offers both digital and 35-mm projection and is handicapped accessible.
The Marquee Theater is located on the second floor of Union South. Entrances to the building can be found on W. Johnson Street, Randall Avenue, and Orchard Street. Many bus routes serve the union. Public parking in the immediate vicinity of the Union can be limited. Different parking options are available.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of debate on July 18, 1997. It was first designed by Wisconsin native and internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959. Madison voters approved referenda to construct Monona Terrace – on the same site Wright had originally proposed – as a community and convention center in 1992. While Wright´s design was used for the building´s exterior, the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space. Today, nearly 390,000 people say "see you at Monona Terrace" each year. From formal events like conventions and conferences to public events like Dane Dances, Monona Terrace has a wide geographic draw, attracting local, regional, state and international events each year.
The Orpheum Theater is a live performance and musical theater on State Street, one block from the State Capitol building. Built in 1926 by Rapp and Rapp, the Limestone, Art Deco exterior and French Renaissance interior made the building a Madison icon, with the Orpheum sign towering over State Street. Partially financed by dentist William Beecroft, also known as "Mr. Theater," The Orpheum cost $750,000 to build and originally featured vaudeville shows and a movie theater. The Orpheum Theater was the first building in Wisconsin to have air conditioning. In 2013 Gus Paras bought the building and is in the process of restoring the Orpheum Theater to it's former glory. He will continue to feature live music performances and add comedy shows, weddings and corporate events.
Upper|House, a project of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, exists to serve the University of Wisconsin (Madison) community through faith-based programmatic initiatives. Upper|House promotes thoughtful conversation, engagement, and theological formation, exploring the influence of the Christian faith on scholarship, professional practice, vocation, and service in the world. Based in University Square in the heart of campus, Upper|House provides multi-experiential space and programming expertise, whereby people, faith, values, ideas, and the arts come together in one dynamic setting for vocational, intellectual, and cultural impact. In carrying out its mission, the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation partners with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, campus-based ministries, and churches.
The Cinematheque is a coalition of UW-Madison academic departments and student film groups dedicated to showcasing films that would otherwise never reach Madison screens. As the screening facility of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR), a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the Cinematheque regularly showcases archival and other rare prints from around the world. The Cinematheque has one of the finest projection facilities in Wisconsin and screens a variety of formats, including 35mm and 16mm (both on reel-to-reel projection systems), BetaSP, DVD, Blu-Ray, DVCam, and VHS.
The 150-seat Cinematheque theater is located immediately South and East of the intersection of Park Street and University Avenue. Room 4070, also known as the Parliamentary Room, is in the center of the open fourth-floor plaza of Vilas Hall and is accessible from the Park Street stairs and elevator, the footbridge connecting Vilas Hall to the Humanities Building, and the stairs on University Avenue and facing University Square. If approaching the building from Park Street, take steps or ramp to the 3rd-floor main entrance and then either the outdoor staircase or the indoor elevator to the fourth floor (this last is the recommended route for wheelchairs). If approaching from the East, take the staircases next to the Hemsley/Mitchell Theaters or the stairs on University Avenue to the fourth floor.
The Cinematheque is reachable from several major bus lines and limited nearby parking.
The Wisconsin Union Theater presents, promotes, and cultivates a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts, especially among University of Wisconsin-Madison students.