A Facility for the Future

Exterior rendering of new Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Visitors see some of the world’s greatest performances in the acoustically superb, visually stunning Catherine Cassidy Gallagher Great Hall, yet patron amenities fall short of what is offered at venues of similar size across the nation.

Taking the Gallagher Bluedorn into a new generation means offering an uncompromising arts experience for visitors. With your support, we can create a modern, awe-inspiring arts experience from the reception hall to the final bow. These upgrades will elevate the space to a state-of- the-art facility that will continue to provide world class performing arts for the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa.

Renovations for enhanced patron experience

  • New dynamic entry plaza for spring and summer socializing
  • New kitchen and food preparation spaces offering increased menu options and improved quality
  • The Marquee Lounge – a gorgeous event space with a built in bar – the perfect spot for a pre-show drink or light meal with friends, a pre-show talk, private dinners and a post-show nightcap
  • New expanded ticket office and concessions counters with double the number of points of service


Renovations of existing space

  • Additional frontage lane with multiple drop off opportunities
  • Greatly expanded modern restrooms with increased capacity
  • Catherine Cassidy Gallagher Great Hall seating improvements
  • Exterior paneling replacement with energy efficient paneling
  • Exterior redesign featuring giant windows into the lobby and lounge
  • Interior and exterior lighting upgrades and other amenities improvements
  • New collaborative office space for Gallagher Bluedorn and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony staff members

Fundraising Goals

The Gallagher Bluedorn renovation and expansion will be a $14.9 million project featuring several event space additions, upgrades to the facility’s interior and exterior, and improvements to seating. The project will create approximately 14,000 square feet of new and renovated space.