The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center


The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach engages its community through artistic, educational and cultural experiences that enrich lives, promote lifelong learning in and through the performing arts, and serve as a gateway between the university and greater community.

The Center is accessible to CSULB students and faculty, resident companies, off-campus organizations, and schools through educational outreach, licensed activities, and world-class professional performances.


Carpenter Center exteriorBuilt in 1994, the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center with a 1,074-seat capacity is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The stage area was modeled after the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and can accommodate large or small performing ensembles, film screenings, concerts, conferences and other special events.

Each season the Carpenter Center presents a variety of music, dance, family, comedy, and cabaret events, as well as commissions new works by some of the country’s leading artists and ensembles. With world premieres, Broadway favorites, and world-class artists, the Carpenter Center has something for everyone. For a listing of upcoming events, check out the calendar on the home page.

Carpenter Center interiorThe Richard & Karen Carpenter Exhibit, a permanent display of awards and memorabilia of the popular music duo, Carpenters, is open at all Carpenter Center events, and by appointment. For further information, visit our Carpenters Exhibit page or call (562) 985-4274.

Richard Carpenter and his family graciously support the efforts of the Carpenter Center philanthropically, but are not involved in the day-to-day operation of the facility. We do not have the ability to be a conduit between the public and Mr. Carpenter, nor do we have at our disposal additional information regarding the Carpenters.

If you are interested in further information about Richard, Karen or their recording careers, we suggest contacting:

The Carpenters Fan Club
P.O. Box 3787
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359-0787