See our response to COVID - 19

The Oregon Health Authority has placed Deschutes County in the state’s Low Risk level. The Tower is allowed to host any event at this time with a max of 80 patrons due to physical distancing.  Contact for rental rates and available dates. Ticket holders of public shows will be notified by email if their upcoming program will proceed, be rescheduled or cancelled.

From Tower Executive Director Ray Solley:

“The safety of our audiences, staff and performers remains the Tower’s priority. During the past 12 months, we diligently implemented the recommended protocols for indoor entertainment facilities, from mandatory masks and distancing to enhancing sanitization and ventilation. It is increasingly frustrating that after successfully staging safe social experiences for Central Oregonians, venues including the Tower continue to be hindered by arbitrary distancing requirements and changing capacity limits. We stand ready — and eager — to reopen and welcome everyone who’s ready to safety enjoy live performances again.”

If you have any questions please contact the Box Office by phone at 541-317-0700, or email

We hope you recognize the profound impact COVID-19 is having on the staff, crew and operations of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation. Rather than a refund, please consider one of these ways to help sustain the performing arts during this difficult time:

  • Donate the price of your unused tickets as a tax-deductible gift to the Tower
  • Apply the ticket amount as credit to your account or exchange for a future program
  • Purchase a Tower membership
  • Text “Tower” to 44321 with a special donation


Thank you for your patience and your understanding.


 COVID Plans and Procedures


As Central Oregon reopens, the Tower Theatre Foundation is taking a careful and cautious approach to restart venue operations, and establish responsible best practices essential to the safe return of patrons, artists, volunteers and staff.

The Tower’s relaunch plan adheres to the guidance from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Deschutes County Health Services.


employee, volunteers, and artistic PERSONNEL:

Required to wear face coverings (artists not during productions)

Mandated to practice rigorous and regular hand hygiene, and social distancing protocols

Trained on COVID-19 safety and sanitation measures

Prohibited from working if showing any symptoms of ill-health


patron and guests:

Required to wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking while seated (self-provided or available from venue)

Required to follow social distancing and operational directives determined by the venue

Requested to use hand sanitizer stations and dispensers easily accessed throughout the venue


COVID-19 venue operations:

Seating capacity limited to conform to state guidelines, max 80 patrons

Ingress and egress traffic lanes in lobby and auditorium clearly marked

Touchless ticket scanning at entrances - Please have your ticket barcode available

Lobby floors and auditorium aisles marked to indicate social distancing requirements

Patrons dismissed from performances by section to avoid crowding at exits

Intermissions limited or, whenever possible, eliminated all together

Acrylic protective panels erected at Box Office and Concessions

Printed and digital signage posted with instructions, reminders, and venue protocols

Regular inspection of HVAC units and replacement of air filters

Second floor restroom capacities reduced; all lavatories cleaned and disinfected before and after events

Building cleaned and disinfected following every event, particularly high-touch contact points in public and backstage areas

Event and House Manager and Ushers to serve as physical distancing monitors


For months in quarantine, we "stayed home and stayed safe" to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, with proper relaunch plans in place, the Tower is ready and excited to again provide experiences and performances that inspire and entertain us, benefit Bend's downtown economy, and (even with limited capacity) re-connect us as a community.


PLEASE NOTE: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By entering the Tower Theatre's facilities, employees and patrons voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


 Sample Seating Chart with 80 Patrons




Regular venue policies:

  • Enjoy our drinks and concession items and leave your refreshments and food at home
  • Keep the venue free of any weapon considered threatening by the general public
  • Place personal items under your seat; all bags subject to search
  • Please turn off or silence your cell phone
  • Experience the performance through your own eyes instead of your phone, camera, iPad or other electronic device
  • Licensed Service Animals are welcome
  • Maintain our drug-free, smoke-free setting; no paraphernalia, cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigs
  • Once you’re at the theatre, please stay in the building