History of The Cannon Center

The world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts opened to rave reviews in January 2003. The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Trolley in front of the Cannon Center & Memphis Cook Convention Center. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts is convenient to trolleys and hotels. Photo by Baxter Buck.

Cannon Center & Memphis Cook Convention Center at Night. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts with trolley at night in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Baxter Buck.

Carriage ride in front of Cannon Center and Cook Convention Center. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

A carriage ride passes The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Baxter Buck

The team of WPA/Pickering, a joint venture, and a nationally-recognized team of consultants led by LMN Architects and Jaffe Holden Acoustics of Norwalk, Conn., collaborated to create an environment that enhances performances ranging from full symphony orchestras to soloists. The Cannon Center was tuned by the acousticians during a special Hard Hat Concert, sponsored by Clark Construction.

With movable seat wagons on two orchestra pit lifts and adjustable reflectors and shell, the hall can accommodate 1,900 for symphonic performances and 2,100 for theatrical productions. Backstage equipment includes a 100-foot high stage house with line set rigging capabilities, two lighting galleries and follow spot locations suitable for a variety of performances.

Named to honor the generous contributions of Bob and Kitty Cannon, the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts was built as part of the $92 million expansion and renovation project that was completed by the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

In addition to the Cannon Center, the improved Memphis Cook Convention Center offers a new 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 28,000-square-foot elegantly appointed ballroom, which can seat 2,000 people banquet-style. The project also included renovations or restrooms, elevators and meeting rooms in the existing building, making a total of 31 smaller meeting rooms. After renovation and expansion, the Memphis Cook Convention Center offers more than 300,000 square feet in of meeting and exhibit space, not including the Cannon Center.

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts is capable of hosting a multitude of events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children’s theater and general sessions for the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The venue serves as a vital part of the Memphis Cook Convention Center’s effort to attract meetings and conventions from around the world.

For more information about the Memphis Cook Convention Center, go to www.memphisconvention.com. For booking information for the Convention Center and the Cannon Center, click here or call us at 901-576-1208.

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts and the Memphis Cook Convention Center are managed by Memphis Management Group (MMG).