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The Ira And Nancy Koger Center For The Arts

1051 Greene Street


The Ira & Nancy Koger Center for the arts demonstrates the cooperative spirit present in South Carolina. Its construction is the product of a shared dream and a shared labour of love for many in the community; a combined effort, with both public and private entities contributing to make this dream a reality.

The center is named for philanthropists Ira and Nancy Koger, who made a substantial donation from personal and corporate funds for construction of the $15 million center. The descendants of Ambrose Elliott Gonzales, Narciso Gener Gonzales and William Elliott Gonzales made a large donation to the center and the auditorium is named Gonzales Hall in acknowledgment of their contribution.

Other major donations to the construction costs were made by the Knight Foundation of Akron, Ohio, Richland County, and the City of Columbia. The University of South Carolina and the Carolina Research and Development Foundation obtained private gifts for the remainder of the construction costs.

Special gifts include a Steinway concert grand piano which has been donated to the Koger Center by Alice Barron Pearce and her two children, L. Gregory Pearce, Jr. and Alice Barron Pearce Stewart, in memory of L. Gregory Pearce.


T G Jones

Monday, May 28, 2018
Great venue for the University of South Carolina Honors College Revocation/graduation ceremony. Beautiful facility, clean, pleasant staff, good lighting, and excellent sound. Beware of seating arrangements though. There isn't a middle aisle. The rows of seats are continuous from one side of the theater to the other. So if attendees do not fill in the seats from the middle of the row first, there could be great seats with the best views of the stage left open and too difficult to get reach. Recommend arriving to any event early enough to visit the restroom, etc. before the start of the event and get to the prime seats early. It's too difficult to step over others to get in or get out later. By the way, I don't think there is a bad seat in the theater, but the middle seats were great for my family.

Kelly Lowe

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Nice venue for shows or concerts. We attended a high school graduation there so the building is available to rent. Security was present to manage hecklers. It was interesting. Garage parking is conviently located across the street/$5 per car. Not a fan of the 39 steps to get to the main entrance however.

Julie Putnam

Sunday, July 1, 2018
We always have a terrific time when we attend events at the Koger Center. The acoustics are great and all the seats in the house are great! The staff is also very helpful!

Laurie Donahou

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Never a bad seat...what a wonderful "Mother's Day" 🎁 gift. A play to attend with both daughter and her husband, plus his Mother. She had nust had knee surgery 2 months earlier so we put their handicapped ♿ services to the test and they were very accommodating.

Barbara Andrews

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Beautiful facility, comfortable seating, immaculate bathrooms. Good handicapped parking other parking is not very convenient.

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