If Omaha Performing Arts fulfills its dream of expanding toward the river and opening a new space for shows, it will join a crowd of fine arts halls in the metro area. The spaces offer a variety of programs, from Broadway musicals to choir concerts, dance recitals to lectures and one-man shows.
Omaha Performing Arts operates the two biggest — the Holland Center and the Orpheum Theater, which each seat at least 2,000 people. Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Iowa Western Community College also are in the hall business: the Lied Center at Creighton, the Strauss Center at UNO and the Iowa Arts Center. Joslyn Art Museum has the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Several churches around town also use their spacious sanctuaries for arts programming.