supported by both the university and local community theater groups. The two major community groups in town are the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild and the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre. Both produce shows at their own venues as well as at the Pablo Center at the Confluence downtown. Interested in participating? Keep an eye out for auditions!
Eau Claire is home to an awesome independent standup comedy scene, happening at The Plus on Barstow Street. The Tuesday night open mic is a great place to see up and comers (or try some bits yourself), and on Thursday nights you can check out touring and local comic showcases presented by Clear Water Comedy. You’ll also find a couple of super fun annual events where you can catch the funnies throughout the year featuring our homegrown comedians.
The Eau Claire Downtown Cinema releases movies a little after everyone else in town, but at a greatly reduced price which gives you a little more flexibility. With all the restaurants downtown (see the Food And Drink section) this could make a perfect (and cheap) date night.
One of the area’s greatest little movie theaters is right on campus. Located on the third level of W. R. Davies Student Center, Woodland Theater is a 202-seat auditorium with all-digital projection and a state-of-the-art surround sound system, showing a wide array of mainstream and indie films.
UW-Eau Claire hosts an outdoor free movie series all summer long on the lawn by Haas Fine Arts, featuring new and old films.