About Morris Performing Arts Center
A listed landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and South Bend, The Morris Theater is consistently included among the Top 100 Theaters Worldwide by Pollstar magazine. Originally called the Palace Theatre until the late 1950s, the Morris was built in 1922 as part of the Orpheum Theatre chain. In the early days, it served as a vaudeville house and showed silent films, and through the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the theater hosted famous artists and acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen, Amos and Andy, Houdini, Betty Davis, Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. The newly restored Morris boasts a brand-new, state-of-the-art stage house, while the interiors were restored to their original 1921 splendor.