The Peace Center
The Peace Center is a world-class multi-venue performing arts complex located at in the heart of Greenville SC award-winning downtown, adjacent to Falls Park. Positioned on the southwest corner of Main & West Broad Street, the unique architecture and classy brick exterior of this performance hall are a symbol of the arts and culture it supports through great presentations such as Romeo and Juliet, The Lion King and West Side Story. The Peace Center was completed in 1990 and is named after the local Peace family who donated $10million towards its development. It’s built on the former site of 3 dilapidated factories – a textile plant built-in-the 1880s, a building serving as the residence for Duke’s Mayonnaise and one that built wagons for the Confederate Army. The facility has been a staple of the Greenville downtown performing arts community ever since.
More than 360,000 people each year, from around the region as well as across the country, visit the Peace Center for some 600 events. Architecturally and acoustically, it’s a remarkable place to see a show! Actually, many of the world’s finest performers look forward to returning time and again, and consider the venue one of their favorite places to play. The Center presents the world’s top performers including the finest musicians and funniest comedians, a wide diversity of cultural & popular entertainment, offers arts education & outreach, in addition to supporting local arts organizations. Such efforts further the art appreciation, cultural advancement, and economic development in the Greenville SC region.
The Peace Center hosts numerous headline shows & performances including classical music, Broadway, concerts, dance and plays including appearances by popular artists like David Copperfield. The Peace Center is also home to 6 Greenville’s premier performing arts resident groups and companies: Greenville Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Carolina Ballet Theatre, the International Ballet, Greenville Chorale, and Greenville County Youth Orchestras.
The Peace Center continues to create-a-space for cultural activity and liveliness for Greenville’s downtown and economic development. With its mixture of the new and the old, it offers a variety of performance venues, event and meeting spaces making it the perfect setting for performances, weddings, receptions, group outings, holiday parties and business meetings. The facility is composed of a theater, concert hall, and amphitheater. These include the Gunter Theatre, the Peace Concert Hall, Genevieve’s, Certus Loft, Graham Plaza, Huguenot Mill, Ramsaur Studio, the Wyche Pavilion, the TD Stage and a theater lounge, Genevieve’s (just off the lobby of Peace Concert Hall).
Its main concert hall – the Peace Concert Hall – seats 2100 guests, while the Gunter Theatre, its smaller venue, accommodates 400. A recent $22 million renovation expanded the lobby and added Genevieve’s restaurant in addition to creating the 1,400 seat TD Stage-amphitheater located along the-Reedy River. Genevieve’s has a seating capacity of 150 indoors. Patrons can sit along the tiered seat walls or use lawn chairs or blankets in the open-seating areas. The Center offers the essentials so the guests can enjoy shows in comfort. The outdoor amphitheater is frequently used for community events.