In order to enhance the exciting live concert atmosphere, the main floor of the McDonald Theatre is generally Standing Room Only for General Admission concerts to allow free flow of movement and dancing! For most of these GA shows, the balcony is fully seated and open to anyone 21 years of age or older, as it features a second bar.
For Reserved Seated events, the floor and balcony are fully seated, and tickets are associated with a particular seat, determined at the time of purchase. Coat check is often not available for these events.
Film screenings are generally General Admission Seated, where the floor and balcony are fully seated, but open to patrons on a firstcome, first seated basis.
Theatre doors generally open one hour prior to the announced time of each performance. The McDonald Theatre reserves the right to refuse admission or remove from the facility individuals that are disruptive to the performers or audience members.
Because most but not all concerts will feature an opening band, please plan on entering the Theatre soon after doors open. Times may be subject to change.
The main floor is accessible to patrons using wheelchairs. If you need special accommodations, please call (541) 345-4442.
The McDonald Theatre is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is permitted directly outside of The Lounge.
- Snack Bar (open to all ages)
- Lounge – offering a full bar
- Sky Bar – Balcony Bar, offering limited drinks
- Fully Seated Balcony – open for most shows, please check show specifics
- Handicapped Accessible Seating options – on the floor as well as in the balcony
Hotels & restaurants:
There are many great places to stay and eat when traveling to Eugene! Here are few of the nearby restaurants and hotels, but please visit Travel Lane County for a more complete listing of all the lodging and dining options. Travel Lane County is an excellent resource for all your traveling needs. Click here for a listing of area hotels & restaurants. Click here for directions & parking.
When entering the McDonald Theatre building, one is immediately flooded with past memories of stage and screen performances because the 1925 building is loaded with historical memories and elements reflecting the days of yore.
This (comfortable, familiar yet exciting) feeling is one that the Kesey Family, which owns and operates the theatre, has worked hard to maintain. Their own childhood memories of past performances at The McDonald Theatre are very vivid. With an extensive background rich in both the arts and business, the Kesey Family combined the love of art with business savvy into a formation that manifests the new face of The McDonald Theatre.
Hence, The McDonald Theatre has evolved into a performing arts venue, rich in theatrical history with a desire to capture live artistic movements of the times.
In maintaining the historical ambiance of the theatre, an effort has been made to emphasize the importance of community involvement. The theatre creates a platform for artists of all ambitions, repertoires, and ages to be displayed.
Within a given week, one can often attend a diverse spectrum of events, from mainstream reggae to a private wedding to a high school prom to a local children's stage performance. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to produce their various fundraising events, lectures, and presentations at the theatre, which allows us to generously give back to the community - a collection of diverse neighborhoods in and around the Eugene/Springfield Oregon area that has shown their continuous and kind support.
As downtown Eugene continues a revitalization campaign, The McDonald Theatre is proud to add a new piece of positive energy and vitality to the core downtown neighborhood. The influx of the public naturally spreads to other businesses and establishments in the area, benefiting all.