For information on renting the Theatre check out:  the Foellinger Theatre Production Packet for 2022!  

View the Foellinger Theatre Parking lots and/or the Foellinger Basement Floor Plan!

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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FWACB Formal Photograph

Look for the Community Band  on-stage again in 2023! 



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.


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



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"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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Recent work includes:

The Theatre lower level now features 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. 

Digital Sign Upgrade to Broadband Transmission

Entry Sidewalk and Landscape Improvements

Parking Lot Repairs and Improvements

Stormwater Structure Updgrades


Other recent improvements include: 

The ship ladder, glue-lam beams, drainage, pathway, performer rooms, stage flooring, fencing, and entry gates.

Powerwashing, priming and painting of the Theatre, drainage improvements and Glulam improvements. 

Loading Dock Improvements
Ramp Improvements


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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.

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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General Information

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



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