Performing Arts Center

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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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.
  • 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.

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!