Best Seat in the House Campaign

42nd Street has been home to the Des Moines Community Playhouse for more than 60 years and has entertained millions of theatre patrons.

This incredible amount of community usage has pushed the current seating well past its original design lifecycle.

As part of our grand renovation, we replaced our deteriorating seats with modern ones that over the next generation will ensure millions more can experience one of the nation’s largest community theatres in comfort and style!


A donation to the seat campaign will give you the chance to be a part of the Playhouse for years to come. Your donation will be memorialized with a plaque on the arm rest of each chair you sponsor. Everyone who enjoys a production in the Mainstage will recognize, and appreciate, your commitment to the Playhouse.

Seats are $500 for a seat in the ramp section of the auditorium, or $1000 for a seat in the orchestra.


Recognition will be offered for each individual seat donation made to the Best Seat in the House Campaign. Your recognition plate will be installed within two weeks of your donation.

Your donation to the Best Seat in the House Campaign does not guarantee the availability of seats for performances or qualify for membership benefits. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recognition will be provided on the armrests of purchased seats, not on a recognition wall.

For more information about supporting the Playhouse and its programs, contact Chris Andersen, director of philanthropy, at (515) 974-5370.