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Great Hall - Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Opened 2000
Seats 1,680
(http://www.uni.edu/gbpac/)
Design of the Great Hall was inspired by the great European opera houses and features three levels that include opera boxes and a curved mezzanine. My primary memories of our visit were lighting equipment problems caused by a lightning strike earlier in the week and by the ubiquity of small beetles that had been introduced in previous years as natural predators to protect the area's corn plants. (4/4/2006)

Living in a clean, efficient, densely populated city is not exactly the end of the world. Where would you rather spend your vacation: Paris or Houston? (Jeff Rubin)