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The Palladium

355 W. City Center Dr.
Carmel  Indiana  46032
United States
(317) 843-3800
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    - Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel.
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    - Photo courtesy of The Center for the Performing Arts.

Midwest Living Review

Amy Lynch
Hamilton County's acoustically advanced performing arts showplace is poised to become a venue of choice for concerts and other events in central Indiana.

The Palladium, a venue for concerts and musical performances, is one feature of the new multivenue Center for the Performing Arts, the $150 million cornerstone of the massive Carmel City Center redevelopment project. The center contains the 154,000-square-foot Palladium (which opened in January 2011), the 500-seat Tarkington theater and a 200-square-foot Studio Theater. We visited before the grand opening, and it was evident even then how impressive the now-open center would be. Constructed using native Indiana limestone, the Palladium has four entrances around a domed rotunda, calling to mind a Washington D.C. monument (the architectural firm that designed it is based there). The box office is at the west entrance, but the main entrance is on the south side of the building, along the Monon Trail, so patrons can walk or bike over for jazz, classical and Great American Songbook-oriented shows and other performances. Inside, 1,600 seats (each with its own heating) wrap the Palladium stage. The shape of the hall, the materials used and the changeable positioning of a hanging glass canopy assure that the sound for each show is as crystal-clear as possible. The Palladium will also serve as home to the Michael Feinstein Foundation library/museum, a cafe and event spaces. (Sneak a peek at the black-and-white restrooms' cute piano key trim with bass and treble clefs floor tiles.)

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