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Milwaukee Theater District

Milwaukee Rep is thrilled to be part of a new initiative to launch a downtown Milwaukee Theater District (MTD). Along with eight other performing arts and live entertainment organizations, and supportive entities, the Milwaukee Theater District is designed to position Milwaukee’s live entertainment scene as the best in the nation. 

With 15,000 theater seats amongst all the venues, the Milwaukee Theater District ranks No. 1 in the United States for the highest number of theater seats per capita. With a combined 2,100 annual performances attracting 2 million attendees each year, the Milwaukee Theater District is a core part of Milwaukee's larger entertainment industry, which generates an estimated $400 million in visitor spending annually, according to Tourism Economics. As part of that impact, Milwaukee Theater District venues proudly employ over 1,000 Milwaukeeans and even more volunteers, drawing from all corners of the community and all walks of life.

The purpose of the Milwaukee Theater District is to drive increased awareness of and attendance at Milwaukee's premier arts, live performance, and entertainment venues. While the district has no formal borders, participating venues are all located in a safe and convenient walkable cluster in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Through advocacy and collaborative marketing campaigns, the Milwaukee Theater District seeks to increase visitation, stoke local pride, and enhance the city's reputation as a top-tier arts and cultural destination.


Milwaukee Theater District venues include:

  • Bradley Symphony Center
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center
  • Wisconsin Center District
  • Miller High Life Theatre
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Pabst Theater
  • Pabst Theater Group
  • Riverside Theater
  • Sunstone Theater
  • The ARC Theatre at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel
  • Turner Hall Ballroom

Milwaukee Theater District performance groups include:

  • First Stage
  • Florentine Opera
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Theater District is also supported by:

  • Milwaukee Downtown BID21
  • United Performing Arts Fund
  • VISIT Milwaukee

Learn more about Milwaukee Theater District here.