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Centennial Black Box Theater

About the Centennial Black Box Theater

A welcome addition to the performing arts scene in Nashville, the Centennial Black Box Theater located in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios (map image) at 211 27th Ave N, and is designed to accommodate smaller productions and more intimate audiences. The simple 10-foot by 20-foot stage will accommodate a broad range of performances, from unique music offerings, to small-cast theatrical productions, with room for all sorts of arts education and outreach programs in between. Eventually the space will be home to both Parks' Cultural Arts-generated events and programming, as well as being a space that showcases works from our partner organizations.

New Play Reading Series

The CBB is now the home of our New Play Reading Series. These free, Monday-night readings of works-in-progress take place monthly, (however no readings in June or December). Come enjoy one of the following up-coming readings, each of which begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Free Form Friday

Greg Bryant of Concurrene

Metro Parks Music presents Free Form Friday. This series provides a platform for performing artists whose style is (for lack of a better phrase) out of the box. It is really all about offering a unique experience while giving artists that are out of the mainstream, yet still creating relevant and interesting art, a place to perform and share their ideas.

Next up at the CBB

  • Nashville Story Garden presents Greenhouse, a new monthly series allowing writers and actors to participate in the process of new play development. Writers are encouraged to bring their work (even just a few pages) and actors will read them aloud. There will then be a critical response process to the selections, giving writers a chance to hear thoughts on their work. All are welcomed to attend and participate. Every 2nd Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m. For more information visit
  • DAVID GRIER, December 11, 2015, 7:30 PM. A rare hometown performance from one of the world's premier acoustic guitar players. David has been the IBMA Guitar Player of the year THREE times. "There's this denial/acceptance cycle as they try to rationalize what they "know" to be possible with the guitar versus what their eyes and ears are experiencing. . . ." This performance is a steal at a $5 admission.
  • Tales from the Flip-Side: Based on the new anthology book series of the same title, Tales From The Flip-Side stars award-winning actor, singer, and magician John Pyka as the zoot-suited ex-gangster turned entertainer "Big Daddy Cool!" Music. Magic. Prohibition. Gangsters and Masked Vigilantes. It's stories of high stakes adventure in an alternate history "Dieselpunk" Chicago! Join us for this monthly live show every 3rd Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 at the door or online at
  • The Ben & Morey Show: Nashville's Late Night Talk Show every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Interesting guests, live music and two amazing hosts. Your one stop shop for all things awesome in Nashville and for only $10? What a deal. For more information, visit
  • Acoustic Pickin' Party: held every Tuesday evening from 7 - 8 p.m. in the CBB. Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. All styles of music welcome, including originals. Great for ear training, developing chops, and learning new tunes. Relaxed environment similar to porch-sitting and pickin' with friends. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 - up. Hosted by Mike Teaney, Metro Parks Music.

Venue At-A-Glance


  • 56 seating capacity- in "Theater-Style" seating
  • 33 seating capacity- in "Cabaret-Style" seating
  • 1 Dressing Room (max cast size 10)
  • 1 Green Room
  • 1 Prop/Costume Closet behind stage
  • Proscenium Stage (approx 10' x 20")
  • Limited Lighting Package

View from the house of the Centennial Black Box stage.


Centennial Black Box Theater Sign.