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Des Moines Civic Center

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Thank you for the Great Shows!!

We love the great performances we see at the Des Moines Civic Center. Looking forward to this... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Easy access by foot, comfortable seats

Good venue for the event we attended which was very crowded. Parking a huge problem, so had to... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Casper, WY
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221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2148
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We love the great performances we see at the Des Moines Civic Center. Looking forward to this year's shows!! We are a family group that has tickets on two different nights so we can always work the performances into our schedules. We usually have one...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Good venue for the event we attended which was very crowded. Parking a huge problem, so had to Uber. Good acoustics.

Thank teralex
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I live across the street and go often. Last show was "Hamilton" this summer. Great place, great sound and view most everywhere. Only issue that I see is parking, where the garage 1 block away charges $5.00 cash, no cards during the shows...which seems somewhat...More

Thank Warren J
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The theater is located close to restaurants and shops. During the summer, there's a farmer's market on Saturdays with some musicians performing. Great area for the theater. The inside is unique with an entryway that has one going to his/her seats by following steps in...More

Thank anderson213
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Now known as “Des Moines Performing Arts,” the civic center brings in the hot Broadway shows, concerts, dancers, entertainers, etc. There really aren’t any bad seats in the house. We enjoy season tickets for the Broadway series, but we have also added in lots of...More

Thank Froglovinlady
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting Des Moines for the showing of Hamilton. It is an excellent venue! We could see the stage very well!

Thank minddd33344
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Absolutely love attending shows at the Civic Center. The ushers and staff are not only courteous but so knowledgeable. Seating is comfortable and sight lines excellent.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Saw Hamilton at the Civic Center and we LOVED it! We had the BEST seats we have ever had for a traveling Broadway show. The venue is very nice and the staff is well-trained and helpful. If you get a chance to see Hamilton and...More

Thank saklink
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Brilliant show, and the venue is great! I wish I could of gotten better seats, I was in CC, which is close to the nose bleed section, but I appreciated the lighting design and choreography from that height.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Awesome theater- were in row U but could see everyone on the stage wonderfully! Seats were comfortable! Easy to get in & out- no long lines! Bathrooms were nice & clean! Highly recommend!! 😍

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1 November 2018|
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Response from Londonbound2014 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a bad seat on the main floor in the facility. I don't remember any obstacles such as poles, etc. The last row we sat in was far from the stage but it was still a great seat.
10 September 2016|
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Response from JAMESknoxville | Reviewed this property |
Valet parking is available at the main entrance on the west side of the building, there is a lot of on-street parking in the area, and there is a nice parking ramp only a couple blocks south. You can walk to the Center via... More