Howard Chenery Auditorium


Howard Chenery Auditorium

714 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo MI 49007
Manager’s Office (269) 337-0424

Chenery Auditorium, located in the “old” Kalamazoo Central High School just south of downtown Kalamazoo, was dedicated in 1924 making it the oldest auditorium in the area. Each season offers a variety of programs featuring local groups such as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Concert Band, the Iriving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arts Ensemble, Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, and many others. Chenery hosts middle school and elementary concerts, as well as performance sponsored by Education For the Arts.

Chenery Auditorium serves the diverse needs of dozens of area organizations for talent shows, theatre, comedy nights, recitals, lectures, travelogues, and music and dance performances. From its inception in the 1920s, the auditorium has been a venue for big band concerts and touring symphonies. The Friends of Chenery, a group of citizen volunteers, helped raise $7.2 to renovate and restore the beautiful landmark. This Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette article details the renovation, which was completed in April 2010. In May 2011, during National Preservation Month, the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission recognized the rehabilitation of Chenery Auditorium in in the category of commercial/institutional/government property.

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Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium

2432 N. Drake Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Opened in 2005, the Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium is a 790-seat facility, boasting a main floor and balcony that maintains an intimate feel for any size event. The open, spacious lobby comfortably accommodates audiences for intermissions and receptions. While scheduling priorities are given first to Kalamazoo Public Schools users, the auditorium is available for rental to the community for cultural and educational events.


Loy Norrix High School Thomas R. Kasdorf Auditorium

606 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Manager’s Office (269) 337-0220 ext. 2131

Located at Loy Norrix High School, the Thomas R. Kasdorf Auditorium has a seating capacity of 798. The auditorium underwent a major renovation in 1990, and since then it has continued to serve the production needs of various events. All auditorium scheduling is done on a "first come, first served” basis with priority given to departments of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

For more information, please contact:

Douglas Blickle

Auditorium Manager and Building Manager

For CEC and Chenery Auditorium

(269) 337-0424