First-Timer’s Guide

Welcome to the Guthrie

We can’t wait for you to experience live theater on one of our stages. If you’ve been to a performance at another venue, the same etiquette and common-sense principles apply — with a Guthrie-specific spin. Here are some helpful tips for your debut visit. 

When should I arrive?

We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the performance so you have time to park, enjoy the views or sip a cocktail before you take your seat. Insider tip: Arrive a bit earlier to grab a bite at one of our in-house restaurants, shop the Guthrie Store or explore our popular public spaces like the Endless Bridge and Amber Box. 

What if I arrive late? 

Life happens, but please try to arrive on time — we don’t want you to miss a moment! Latecomers will be asked to remain in the lobby until an appropriate break in the action. In some cases, you may be seated in an alternate location inside the theater.  

Where should I park?

The closest option is the city-owned Riverfront Ramp on South 2nd Street directly across from the Guthrie, and the standard event parking rate is $10. Limited metered and street parking is also available.

What should I wear?

Come as you are and be yourself — there is no dress code at the Guthrie. We do ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or lotions with strong aromas (your fellow patrons with allergies or sensitivities will thank you). 

Are food and beverages allowed in the theater?

Beverages in paper or plastic containers are welcome inside the theater, but food should be enjoyed in our lobbies. Please be considerate of the theater and those around you (wrappers are louder than you think), and kindly dispose of any trash when you leave.

What about my phone?

Phones and electronic devices must be turned off prior to the performance, and texting is not allowed during the show. We’ll share a friendly reminder to silence anything with a ring tone during the pre-show announcement. 

May I take photos or videos of the performance?

Photos of the set are allowed (and encouraged!) before or after the show and during intermission but not when artists are onstage. Sorry — video or audio capture of any performance is prohibited. If you snap some great photos, we’d love to see them. Just tag @GuthrieTheater or use #GuthrieTheater when you share online. 

What if I have questions or need help?

Find anyone wearing a red or blue polo shirt with a Guthrie logo. They are ready to welcome you to the theater, direct you to your seats and answer any questions. And if you have a question you don’t see here, give the Box Office a call. 

Anything else I should know?

Laugh. Be moved. Read the program from cover to cover. Cheer and give a standing ovation if you feel so inclined. Chat with the folks around you. Theater is a beautiful, meaningful way to bring people together. It’s why we do what we do at the Guthrie, and we can’t wait for you to join us. 

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