Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, United States


After its opening in October 1990, the Lesher Center for the Arts has had a profound influence on the art culture of Walnut Creek. What began in 1967 as the Nuthouse, a performance and gallery complex, was extended to its current $21 million facilities. Today, the Lesher Center has 900 establishments a year and hosts 350,000 visitors a year. Owned and run by the City of Walnut Creek, California, this local cultural center features three theaters, the Bedford Art Gallery, and excellent dining options throughout the Centre.

The Lesher Center for the Arts is proud to be the core of the Arts District of Downtown Walnut Creek! Bordered by Locust Lane, Bonanza Street, California Boulevard, and Civic Drive, the Arts District is home to delicious restaurants and impressive retail outlets. Parking at the Lesher Center Garage is free for the first hour when you’re visiting the Arts District.

The Lesher Center provides a range of programs designed to satisfy accessibility requests to the best of our capacity. The most widely used are Assistive Listening Systems, Accessible Seating Locations, Other Seating Locations, and Parking. Other facilities, such as large print systems, require two weeks of advance notice. Note – not all shows at the Center are created by a printed schedule. ​

The Lesher Center for the Arts has developed our assistive listening solution so that people with hearing loss or hearing problems can experience plays, concerts, and performances better. Margaret Lesher Theater, Hofmann Theater, and George & Sonja Vukasin Theater have mounted FM Listen Technologies systems.

There’s a decent number of people in the theatre, but it’s not so large that any of the seats will really be considered bad. The box seats in the balcony are perfect for spoken work and bands (though you may want to carry earplugs because the speakers are right next to you) The acoustics are decent throughout.

The Lesher Center is a lovely facility with many chances to take part in the Arts. It is clear from the numerous community activities that they organize and participate in, that this foundation is passionate about celebrating the arts for all people. A bit of cool air for all the bodies in the theater would be welcomed. Apart from that, it’s a pleasure to see so many of you joining in the activities hosted here.

The Lesher is a marvelous performing arts theater offering fine entertainment, a ton from local theater companies and musical companies. The comfort of going here over facing the San Francisco parking lot is a big plus. Entertainment isn’t top-quality (as opposed to SF), but it’s solid and better than Cal’s Success Core. There are three theaters in the main, the Hoffman (the largest and the seats about 800), the Margaret Lesher (the cozy theater with around 300 seats), and their tiny Knight Stage (very intimate, with around 100 seats). There are really no bad seats in any of these theaters, as they are all sharply downgraded.

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This wonderful must-see hidden gem is located in Downtown Walnut Creek, California, close to these others that you shouldn’t miss:

  • Montecatini Ristorante
  • Walnut Creek Library – Contra Costa County Library
  • Walnut Creek Yacht Club
  • Apple Broadway Plaza
  • The Container Store
  • Tillys
  • Nordstrom
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Philz Coffee

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short distance from our location located at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!