Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center
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The Cookeville Performing Arts Center (CPAC) is a 456 seat live performance theatre owned by the City of Cookeville and operated by the Department of Leisure Services. The facility was built with Model Cities grant money and opened in August 1979. CPAC houses the Margery Hargrove Auditorium, named in 1989 for the First Lady of Theatre in the area.


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 Live Theatre Returns to CPAC!

Show dates: June 6 and 7

The Cookeville Performing Arts Center will broadcast an evening of five ten-minute plays. Due to unique social distancing challenges affecting our lives (and this performance), each one-act has been carefully selected and staged and will be presented online only. Our director and actors will consist of CPAC staff along with their spouse/life partner. Ticket information will be available on May 26.

Go to the BACKSTAGE SERIES page for more info on the shows


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Conversations from Backstage
on the Leisure Services YouTube Channel



We at CPAC are sad to report that the facility will be closed through the end of April for all events and performances. If you have purchased tickets for events in this time frame, an email will be sent with information regarding refunds.

We realize that this is unprecedented, unexpected, and disappointing but, the top priority right now is public health and safety. I am hopeful that this crisis will pass quickly and we will see you at the theatre in the near future.

Chad McDonald
Cultural Arts Superintendent
City of Cookeville

***All ticket sales through the Performing Arts Center have been suspended until further notice.




The Performing Arts Center staff produces the state, regional, and national award-winning Backstage at CPAC series, a selection of contemporary plays with variable seating and staging arrangements. CPAC also produces the Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park performances in early fall. In addition, CPAC is the home of Cookeville Children’s Theatre productions, the WCTE Great TV Auction, dance performances, concerts, film screenings, and  variety of events.


CPAC is available for rental at most affordable rates. For more information call 931-528-1313 or email the Performing Arts Center.

Ticketing for Performing Arts Center Events

Generally, tickets are available for most events two weeks prior to the opening performance of the specific event. Tickets to most events at the Performing Arts Center are available:

  • In person at the CPAC Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to event performance time on weekends.
  • Online - Our online ticket agent is ETIX. There is a $2.50 per ticket convenience fee for online orders. Online tickets are available only through the CPAC website at Tickets purchased from other online vendors or 3rd party sites may not be authentic. Vendors other than ETIX are not authorized to sell for CPAC events. If in doubt, please contact the box office. 
  • Over the phone with Discover, Mastercard or VISA. Call 931-528-1313. If all lines are busy, please retry. There is a $1 per ticket convenience fee for phone orders.

Phone orders will be charged to the credit or debit card account as a credit card purchase, and may be picked-up before the event during box office hours, or at the door up to two hours before the event. No tickets will be reserved without payment. Please, no refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases.

Online purchases:
Tickets may be purchased in person at the CPAC Box Office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm or by calling 931-528-1313 during box office hours. 

Tickets purchased from other online vendors or 3rd party sites may not be authentic. Vendors other than ETIX are not authorized to sell for CPAC events. If in doubt, please contact the box office.  

Leisure Services School of Dance

CPAC provides administrative services for the Leisure Services School of Dance.
Go to the Classes and Programs link on the Leisure Services page for more information.

Dogwood Performance Pavilion

Concerts, movies, Shakespeare, festivals & more!