The S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center was dedicated in April 2007. The Belcher Center was designed by professionals in architecture and theater, including one of the finest acoustical firms in the nation.
The 73,341-square-foot facility seats 2,000, with 1,400 seats on the expansive ground level and another 600 in the two opera-house style balconies. Built for maximum flexibility, the center features a 5,400 square-foot, fully working stage with an orchestra lift; a grand lobby with refreshment and exhibit areas; dressing rooms, a maintenance scene shop, as well as three soundproofed practice rooms, two classrooms, a multipurpose room, offices and more. In addition to a wide variety of programming we present through our chapel and community series, the Longview Ballet, Opera East Texas, Longview Symphony, and the East Texas Symphonic Band have made the Belcher Center their performance home. Most importantly, the Belcher Center serves as the university's central location for worship where chapel services are held at least three times a week during the academic year.