Officially, it is known as the Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center. Locals simply call it “The Ned” and know it as the place to see the finest musical and stage acts in an intimate, high-technology equipped performance space.

The Ned provides a quality staging area of over 2,200 square feet, an orchestra pit to accommodate large instrumental ensembles and an advanced pulley system for any type stage production. Special lighting for the theatre can be created, and a superior sound system and perfect acoustics highlights any performer.

In addition to the 440-seat theatre, the cultural center houses two art galleries for traveling and local exhibits. Gallery space and meeting rooms are available for receptions, weddings, seminars and dinners.

Other facilities include nicely appointed restrooms and dressing rooms, and adjacent off-street parking is available. The Ned is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tickets can be purchased in the building’s main office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Ned Box Office is open day-of-show in the lobby. View Seating Chart

Live shows have featured a wide variety of musical and stage stars, including Kathy Mattea, Hal Holbrook, Don McLean, Marc Cohn, Jim Brickman, Eileen Ivers, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Blind Boys of Alabama.


The Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center is in Downtown Jackson at 314 E. Main St. It is located within 5 miles of the city’s major retail, restaurant and lodging facilities.


For rental information, please contact:

Diann P. Robinson, Administrator of Cultural Arts

Sidney Burngasser, Administrative Specialist

For more information about The Ned, call 731-425-8397, or email drobinson@cityofjackson.net