Thalia Mara Hall

is the Municipal Auditorium of the City of Jackson and a facility managed by the Department of Human and Cultural Services.The 2,040 seat theater is located in the downtown arts and cultural district of Jackson. Thalia Mara Hall was built in 1968 and was called the Jackson Municipal Auditorium. In 1975, the Jackson Ballet Guild invited Miss Thalia Mara, a Chicago native with an extensive career as a performer in the United States and abroad, to develop a professional ballet company and school in the state of Mississippi.

International Ballet Competition

In 1979, as part of her development plan, she secured the International Ballet Competition (IBC) for the City of Jackson. By an act of the United States Congress, Jackson was named the official USA home of the IBC. The competition is held quadrennially at Thalia Mara Hall. In 1994, the Jackson City Council voted to rename the Jackson Municipal Auditorium “Thalia Mara Hall.”

Venue Uses

The hall has been pleased to provide to the citizens of Jackson and visitors a venue for education and entertainment by a variety of locally, nationally, and internationally known performers and personalities—including ballet, opera and symphony performances; plays; concerts; and presentations by local performing arts organizations.
The Auditorium is available for rental to profit and not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations, for theater-style performances and suitable special events.


Thalia Mara Hall
255 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201