For information on renting the Theatre check out: the Theatre Stage, the Theatre Schematic or the Theatre Specifications and Equipment.  The Theatre has a capacity of 2,751.

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 Additional Information

Contact: Tim Byers, Theatre Manager, 260.427.6018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2018 Meet & Greet

The Guess Who

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Little River Band

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Grand Funk Railroad

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Look for the Community Band  on-stage again in 2021!

Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert Series

Look for information on the 2022 Free Summer Concerts next spring.
 

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Additional Information

No Passes Out
Effective March 9, 2017 customers of the Foellinger Theatre will no longer be permitted to re-enter the Theatre after leaving the gated area.  There will be no passes out issued.  For customer convenience a defined area inside of the Theatre gates will be designated for smoking.  There will be no smoking permitted in any other Theatre areas.

Parking for Ticketed Customer Only 

Effective March 9, 2017 on show nights parking in the Foellinger Theatre parking lot in Franke Park as well as the overflow parking lot adjacent to the Theatre is reserved for customers who are ticketed for the show.  Violators may be ticketed or towed.


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General Information

Foellinger Theatre is located in Franke Park next to the Children's Zoo on Sherman Blvd. 


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Outside food and beverage is not permitted. FREE parking is available at all concerts!


For more information, please call the Theatre Manager at 260.427.6018  or the Parks and
Recreation Department at 260.427.6000, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Do you have comments or suggestions for future concerts or performances that you would like to see at the Theatre in the future? If so, please complete the Talk to Us 2 form

 

"We are Changing for You" by improving the safety and enhancing the "Curb Appeal" of Foellinger Theatre. 
All of this work has been done in an effort to provide an enhanced experience for our theatre guests. 

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Work for the 2018 season includes:

Newly renovated Theatre lower level featuring upgraded amenities including seven dressing rooms, two new restrooms with showers, a private lounge, a spacious green room, a production office, storage space, heating and cooling and drainage improvements. 

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Several improvements have been completed for the 2017 season at the Foellinger Theatre.

These projects include: the ship ladder, glue-lam beams, drainage, pathway, performer rooms, stage flooring, fencing, and entry gates.

Improvements at Foellinger Theatre completed the fall of 2016 include: powerwashing, priming and painting of the Theatre, drainage improvements and Glulam improvements. 

Improvements completed for the 2016 season include:

Loading Dock Improvements

Ramp Improvements

Prior to our 2015 season we made the following improvements:

Orchestra Pit Removal 

Front Seating Improvements 

Sound Truss Improvements 

Rigging Improvements 

Section IV Lighting Improvements 

GluLam (Wooden) Beam Improvements 


Improvements completed for 2014 include: electrical upgrades, concrete improvements, roof fascia improvements, seating improvements, additional landscaping, signage, and lighting. 

In 2013 we expanded seating on the east side.

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In 2012 we updated and re-roofed the storage room area. 

For 2011 the following improvements were made: a new roof, new electronic sign and new lights at the overflow parking lot. Performers enjoyed a new enclosed artists dining area. The cost of these new improvements was over $200,000.
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Thanks to David Myers for his donation of a piano and stained glass that was formerly at Fred Myers Pianos Organs Clocks.

 Improvements made in 2009/2010 include: new dressing rooms, relamped house lights, new stage lights and a new light control board.

Additional changes made as part of the Park Bond Issue include: an accessible ramp to the stage in the mid section of the house, hand railings in the side aisles, a new canopy from the house to the new restrooms and new restrooms for performers.  These improvements total an additional $300,000.

In 2008 the Foellinger Foundation awarded the Theatre $500,000 for improvements.  Some of the improvements include: painting the front wall of the stage, painting the sound clouds, re-roofing the stage house, installing a new sound system, new curtains, new lighting and installing the aluminum covering of the rear of the Theatre arch and end caps.

 

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Our landscaping is captivating!
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New curtains, sound, lighting and banners

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All of these changes brought both old and NEW customers!

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We couldn't do all of this without our loyal Staff,

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Volunteers and Sponsors!

 History

The Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park was constructed in 1949 as a gift to the community from Helene Foellinger in memory of her father, Oscar G. Foellinger, former publisher of the Fort Wayne News Sentinel.  The Theatre was to provide a unique type of entertainment space - an informal, open-air community gathering and performing area, molded into a grassy hillside in the park.  For many years, the Foellinger Theatre provided a large performance stage in Fort Wayne, while most of the central city movie houses (former Vaudeville theatres) fell victim to the growing acceptance of television.
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A fire in the early 1970s provided an opportunity to make major improvements to the theatre and in 1976, the present open-sided dome and a new stage house were added through the generosity of the Foellinger Foundation. The theatre currently seats 2,751 fans. Recently over 50,000 people attended concerts, movies and other functions held yearly at the Theatre. Over sixty years after the curtains first opened, Fort Wayne families are still enjoying the thrill of live performance under a starry summer sky.   We think Miss Foellinger would be pleased.

Foellinger Outdoor Theatre is located in Franke Park next to the Children's Zoo on Sherman Boulevard. For out of town visitors, if coming in from I-69, you can access the theatre by exiting at 309 A (930/Coliseum Blvd.) Once you exit, stay in a lane going straight at the intersection of Goshen/Coliseum Blvd. and remain on Goshen Avenue until you reach Sherman Blvd. Turn left on to Sherman and the Theatre will be on your left hand side before you reach the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. 

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Aerial photo compliments of: John McGauley

General Information

For more information, please call the Theatre Manager at (260) 427-6018 or the Parks and Recreation Department at (260) 427-6000.

Testimonials

Mr. Moll, my wife and I attended the Divapalooza concert last Saturday. I have to tell you what a surprise those ladies were. They were WONDERFUL and their band was INCREDIBLE! What a talented bunch of people. 
If you have them back next year, I can assure you I will bring 10 friends.  I have seen many concerts at the theatre. This one was a joy because it was so unexpectedly good.  

Please keep up the good work. Whoever signed
up this group did a great job. Huey Lewis was
great also, but I expected that.

Regards, Lee M.

 
We just had to write to say thank you again for another wonderful concert in Fort Wayne.  We are from Maumee and attended the Peter Noone concert.  We enjoyed a wonderful show and your new ticket arrangement was great.  When we got home, we decided to purchase Hotel California tickets and we already have the Letterman tickets.  If you were closer, we would attend more.  Your web site makes it easy to purchase exactly the seats we want.  The tickets arrived in the mail within 3 days.  But most of all, the atmosphere and the staff are terrific.  Thanks for providing such a fantastic evening!  We are looking forward to our next 2 events!

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     JoEllen and Tom S.A.

 
 
I just wanted to say that your concerts at Foellinger Theatre this past summer was terrific. We went to almost every one. They were all great. The group "Hotel California" was so good that when I hear an Eagles song I think of them. I hope you have more concerts in 2011 that are just as good. And I love the Lettermen. My husband wasn't sure if he would like going to see them, but we have gone 3 times now. Everyone did such a great job lining up the concerts. You guys all need a big pat on the back. Cheri C.


The Lettermen concert was fantastic. First time I had been to the Theatre and I will definitely go back again...excellent venue. Jean G.

This was the first time attending one of your outdoor concerts.  We absolutely loved the place and the Lettermen concert.  Thank you, too, for your quick e-mail response last week.  We are from Maumee and will certainly return to more of your events.  Thanks, again, for the wonderful time we had. JoEllen S.The Summer Concerts are GREAT & we (from the 60"s)  really enjoy them. Would love to see THE ASSOCIATION sometime if that would ever be possible. Keep up the awesome job!!!!!!!!!!  Tom M. 

 

Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the Hotel California concert a couple weeks ago.  We have told all our  friends who didn’t go what a great concert they missed.  We hope you will have them back again.  We have tickets for the Bluz Brothers concert tonight and the Guess Who in September and are looking forward to both of them.  Thank you so much for the excellent concerts this summer.  Since “oldies” music seems to be very popular, we would like to recommend the band “Phil Dirt and the Dozers”.  We enjoy them very much and think others would also.  We have driven to other cities to see them perform. Sharon and Ed D.

My husband and I attended the Foellinger Theatre for the first time last evening and loved the venue and The Music of ABBA! Mrs. Dave C.
 
 
Three cheers for bringing Hotel California to FW!!!! They were phenominal and kept the place rocking from start to finish. Please bring them back again! Best concert I've been to in ages!!!!!!! Karyl B.  
 
   

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