Center in the Square has a full service box office open Monday* – Sunday. Admission tickets to – Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Roanoke STARCADE, Kid’s Square, Science Museum of Western Virginia,and the History Museum of Western Virginia– must be purchased at the Box Office located in the lobby of Center in the Square or online below.
Box Office Policies
Tickets sold by Center in the Square are not refundable or exchangeable except under the following circumstances: Refunds issued only if a show/event is cancelled. Exchanges may be permitted based upon the discretion of individual organization management. Please call the box office at 540-224-1200 for clarification.
Processing Fees and Taxes
The City of Roanoke collects an admissions tax on all admission charges in the city. This tax, plus a nominal ticket processing fee, is included in most advertised ticket and admission prices sold by Center in the Square.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash, and checks.
Box Office Hours*
Monday – Saturday 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday 12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
*Closed on Mondays from Labor Day to Memorial Day
*Times are subject to change
For more information about all tickets on sale please call 540-224-1200 or email our Box Office Manager – James Royalty at email@example.com
Gift Certificates are available for certain organizations within Center in the Square! Please call the box office for information or to purchase a gift certificate at 540-224-1200
The Center Pass is an all-inclusive discounted ticket for all the museums that call Center in the Square home: the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the Roanoke Pinball Museum, the Roanoke STARCADE, Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum – Kids Square, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, and the O. Winston Link Museum/The History Museum of Western Virginia. Worried you can’t do it all in one day? No problem, just hold on to your pass and bring it back within six months to be redeemed at the museum(s) you were unable to visit the first time.
The Discover Pass is a discounted joint ticket for those looking to explore history and science, it will include access to: the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the O. Winston Link Museum/History Museum of Western Virginia, and Science Museum of Western Virginia. Worried you can’t do it all in one day? No problem, this pass is valid for a ONE-TIME admission to each museum over TWO consecutive days.
The Double Play is a discounted joint ticket for those that are looking to have a blast playing at some of the most entertaining places in the Roanoke Valley. This pass allows you to PICK TWO of the following: the Don and Barbara Smith Children’s Museum – Kids Square, the Roanoke Pinball Museum, and the Roanoke STARCADE. Valid only for date purchased.
The Triple Play is a discounted joint ticket for those that are looking to have a blast playing at some of the most entertaining places in the Roanoke Valley, this pass includes access to ALL THREE of the following: the Don and Barbara Smith Children’s Museum – Kids Square, the Roanoke Pinball Museum, and the Roanoke STARCADE. Worried you can’t do it all in one day? No problem, this pass is valid for a ONE-TIME admission to each museum over TWO consecutive days.
The museum’s exhibits are varied to encourage exercise, imagination play, dexterity socialization and creativity all while educating. Our hands-on exhibits promote learning through play. Explore our town, forest, dig pit, enjoy our theater, be an engineer in our building room and so much more.
Kids Square Punch Card
- Valid for 10 admissions during normal business hours.
- One punch per person ages 1 – adult.
- No expiration date.
- Applicable taxes and fees additional to the ticket price.
- Punch Cards are available through the box office only.
- Please call 540-224-1200 for information or to purchase a Punch Card for Kids Square!
Kids Square Annual Memberships
- Memberships are available through the box office only.
- Please call 540-224-1200 for information or to purchase a membership for Kids Square!
Roanoke Pinball Museum
The Roanoke Pinball Museum is an interactive museum where patrons can play any machine for one admission price. Pinball players, young and old, will be introduced to the history of pinball, the science behind the game, and have an opportunity to appreciate the color, composition and overall design of the back glasses and play fields.
Pinball Annual or Monthly Memberships
- Memberships are available through the box office only.
- Please call 540-224-1200 for information or to purchase a membership for the Roanoke Pinball Museum!
The Roanoke STARCADE
With a name honoring another iconic Roanoke structure, The Roanoke STARCADE is a new, 3,000 square foot facility just a quick walk from the Roanoke Pinball Museum on the 2nd floor of Center in the Square featuring classic and new arcade systems and activities for gaming, competition, private engagements and of course, great fun.
The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing, preserving and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors. Our purpose is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent.
The History Museum of Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link Museum share space in the former passenger station of the N&W Railway. The galleries showcase the strong photography of O. Winston Link, who captured the end of the steam locomotive along Norfolk & Western tracks. Historical displays related to the region are also on display. The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays.
To make science and technology accessible to all people by being an outstanding regional institution that ignites and nurtures life-long learning.
We fulfill our mission by:
Providing hands-on interactive exhibits.
Offering a variety of innovation programs, both on-site and in the community.
Preserving our collections and using them to enhance learning.
Creating a welcoming atmosphere that stimulates curiosity and wonder.
The Bank of Botetourt: Roanoke Wine Fest!
Saturday, June 29th from 1-7pm at Roanoke’s Elmwood Park featuring local & regional wineries, local food, music and more!
Mill Mountain Theatre
PARK Roanoke offers this parking pass to Mill Mountain Theatre’s patrons, valid when they are attending a performance. This pre-paid pass will be honored for any available space in either the Center in the Square Garage (11 Campbell Ave,) or the Wells Fargo Tower Garage (19 Norfolk Ave) for entrance after 6 p.m. on the date printed on this pass. This pass has a non-refundable value.
Announcing 2019 Season
*Single Shows Now On Sale*
Fly in for a fABBAulous time at Mill Mountain Theatre this Spring. Mamma Mia!tells the story of Sophie, a twenty year old bride-to-be who longs to have her father walk her down the aisle. The problem is, she has no idea who he is! After reading her mother’s diary, filled with her mom’s adventures in love, Sophie invites each of the three potential fathers to her wedding. With nonstop laughs and exhilarating dance numbers set to the iconic music of ABBA, Mamma Mia!has been a global smash hit since its premiere on Broadway in 2002. Notable songs include “Take A Chance on Me,” “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen”, and more!
MMT’s young playwrights festival Write Stuff! returns for its third year, encouraging young writers to submit their short plays to be produced as staged readings on the Waldron Stage. Students, see your characters come to life on the MMT stage: the competition is open to middle and high-school students and the deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2019. Mark that on your calendar folks! Several short plays are selected by a panel of readers from the submissions to be produced in a staged reading format and performed by Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory students. Tickets are only available 30 minutes prior to the performance and are pay what you can.
Twist and shimmy your way to Mill Mountain Theatre with the catchiest songs from one of the most revolutionary decades in music, the 60’s. With your favorites from chart toppers like The Beatles, The Supremes, and Aretha Franklin, we invite you slip on a pair of bell bottoms and dance to your favorites. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. this groovy mix of tunes as we cover the best artists from the Motown Hub to the Woodstock Craze.
Beatrix Potter’s classic story A Peter Rabbit Tale comes to life in this spirited children’s musical, touring the Roanoke Valley this summer. Peter Rabbit has begun to believe that being a rabbit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores and he’s had enough of his goody two-shoes twin sisters: Flopsy and Mopsy. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home. When he encounters difficulties living with feisty squirrels and sewing mice, he discovers that home might not be too bad after all. MMT will perform this show around the region at schools, libraries, parks and neighborhood venues to delight families. Admission is free and, MMT will distribute free books to student audience members, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy.
Winner of the Pulitzer-Prize for Drama, this groundbreaking musical follows the Goodmans, a seemingly typical American family whose lives are anything but normal. The contemporary and electrifying musical shares the Goodman family’s intricate battle with mental health. Abundant with love, sympathy, and heart, Next To Normal takes the audience into the minds of each character, and reminds us that nobody’s family is normal.
Journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater utopia, mermaid Ariel’s only wish is to live on land. But first she’ll have to meet a prince, defy her father, and strike up a deal with an evil sea witch! Classic songs like “Part of Your World”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Kiss the Girl” and more appear in this one-hour version of the story we all know and love. This fully produced production featuring local youth is perfect for the whole family. In conjunction with this production, MMT will distribute free books to children in attendance, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy.
Sit back and enjoy all of your favorite songs from Hollywood’s Greatest Blockbusters: from Titanic to The Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing to The Graduate. You will not want to miss this journey of music through the golden age of cinema at Mill Mountain Theatre. Come join us in this celebration of music through 100 years of movie magic.
Said to be one of the greatest plays in the 20th Century, come see The Glass Menagerie, the “memory play” that catapulted beloved playwright Tennessee Williams to fame. This riveting drama is set in 1937’s St. Louis, and follows the fragile Wingfield family: Tom, an aspiring poet, his painfully shy sister Laura, and their mother Amanda, a faded southern belle. Dreams and reality collide in this play of exquisite beauty.
In October, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is re-envisioned in an imaginative and theatrical adaptation on the Waldron Stage. Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, family feuds, and inevitable tragedy takes on a new life with local youth performers. Romeo and Juliet is appropriate for middle and high school students, and this production will feature student performers, designers, and technicians. The Pay-What-You-Can performances will include the distribution of free books to students, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy. Tickets are only available 30 minutes prior to each performance and are pay what you can.
“You’re six years old. Your mother’s in the hospital. You’re told she finds it hard to be happy. So you start making a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world: 1. Ice Cream, 2. Kung Fu Movies, 3. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose.”
Touching, funny, and brilliantly stripped down, Every Brilliant Thing is one-person show about an individual’s journey with their mother and her struggle with mental health.The Guardian calls it “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.”
This Holiday season Mill Mountain Theatre will be presenting one of our most requested musical productions. This classic Broadway show has been produced on the MMT stage before, and has delighted audiences around the globe for over 50 years. Due to our licensing agreement, we are not allowed to divulge this title until Spring of 2019, but we know you are going to love this beautiful story with music to match, fun for the whole family around the holidays!
“Gala of the Arts”
April 26 & 27 at 7:00pm on Trinkle MainStage
The “Gala of the Arts,” is the first annual performance of Roanoke Ballet Theatre performing alongside and collaborating with local art organizations. This year’s gala will feature Roanoke City Ballet, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Bryan and Kevin Matheson of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, Shenandoah Ballet, and City Modern Ensemble.
“The Belle of Amherst”
by William Luce
Adapted and performed by Sybil Rosen.
Presented with permission from The Dramatists Play Service.
April 26 & 27 at 7:30pm on the Waldron Stage
The “Belle of Amherst” is an intimate glimpse into the life of our most loved – and least known – American poet, Emily Dickinson. By turns, funny, poignant, lyrical, and wise, the one-woman play investigates the poet’s unusual life – her self-imposed seclusion, the close circle of family, her writing life, and the men who loved her. Time Magazine called the play, “An intrepid exploration of the heart, the mind, and the soul.”
“I’ve loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry for a long time,” says Sybil Rosen, a 1968 graduate of Patrick Henry High School. “And when I discovered ‘The Belle of Amherst,’ I fell in love with her. The beauty of performing the play is that, for about an hour, I get to be a genius.”
“I’m nobody, who are you?
Are you nobody too?
Then there’s a pair of us?
Don’t tell – they’d banish us, you know.
“How dreary to be somebody,
How public like a frog,
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.”
– Emily Dickinson
The Waldron Stage’s production of “The Belle of Amherst” is a benefit to raise money for, and awareness of, our public libraries. All net proceeds will go to the Roanoke Valley library system and the Whitesburg Public Library in Whitesburg, Georgia, where Ms. Rosen resides.
Sybil Rosen is an award-winning playwright, novelist, short-story writer, and a memoirist. Her memoir of Texas music legend Blaze Foley, “Living in the Woods in a Tree,” published by The University of North Texas Press, was recently adapted for the Ethan Hawke-directed movie “BLAZE.” Ms. Rosen wrote the screenplay with Mr. Hawke and plays her own mother in the film.
Opera to Live For: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
May 9 & 10 at 7:30pm, and May 12 at 3:00pm on Trinkle MainStage
Opera Roanoke closes its 43rd season with a new production of Rossini’s ever-popular romantic comedy, The Barber of Seville. Named after that famous singing barber, factotum, and match-maker Figaro, the heart of Rossini’s sparkling opera beats around his heroine, Rosina. This fully-staged production will feature several Opera Roanoke debuts, including Stephanie Foley Davis in the role of Rosina and Alex DeSocio as Figaro, led by the dream-team of conductor Steven White and stage director Scott Williamson. Celebrate Mother’s day weekend with Opera Roanoke and Rossini!
To purchase a season subscription, please contact Brooke Tolley at Opera Roanoke directly.
Phone: (540) 982-2742