The mission of the Columbia Theatre is to enhance and support Southeastern Louisiana University as the university serves the educational, economic and cultural needs of southeastern Louisiana. As the premiere performing arts facility for the region, it provides a broad and diverse presentation of the arts. The Columbia Theatre and Southeastern Louisiana University are fulfilling this mission through excellence in programming and by developing mutually supportive relationships with appropriate local and regional organizations. The Columbia Theatre serves as a catalyst for promoting cultural, educational and economic growth.
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, which is located at 220 E. Thomas St. Hammond, LA, 70401, is owned and operated by Southeastern Louisiana University. It is a historic theatre (circa 1928) that was completely renovated and reopened its doors in 2002. The theatre presents a mix of classical and contemporary concerts, dance, and theatrical events year-round, including its October festival, Fanfare, and provides the area with a first class setting for entertainment. The renovated theatre boasts a main 830-seat performance hall, a conference area, and administrative offices.