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.

With your help, we can replace 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 Playhouse Seat Campaign will bring the Playhouse one seat closer toward replacing the 400 seats in the Mainstage auditorium. 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.

In addition to replacing a seat, your donation will provide crucial support in the completion of the Playhouse’s Act Two Capital Campaign, which will include a comprehensive renovation of the entire Mainstage auditorium including:

  • Handicapped accessibility to the stage
  • A modern hearing-assist system
  • Updated lighting and sound systems
  • Renovated restrooms and concession areas.

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. The recognition plates will be installed on the chairs in 2018 after all the seats are replaced and other renovations are complete. Interim recognition will be prominently displayed on signage in the Playhouse lobby.

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.