We are just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.

Located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.

Building + Box Office Hours

Academic Year
  • September 2–May 19, 2018
  • Monday–Friday: 9AM–6PM
  • Saturday: 10AM–4PM
Summer Hours
  • May 20–August 18, 2018
  • Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM
Holiday closures
  • We are closed: Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, and day after, Christmas week, New Years, Martin Luther King, and President's Day.

Additional building hours for events and exhibitions.
Box Office: 518.276.3921

Evelyn’s Café

Our café offers a menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines before all performances, screenings, and talks. Service continues during intermissions and after most performances and talks.

Evelyn’s is open weekdays from 11:30AM–2PM for lunch featuring a rotating menu using locally-sourced ingredients.

Evelyn’s Café: 518.276.2578

Address + Directions

Parking + Accessibility


The main entrance and box office are located on the EAST (campus) side of the building. For events, please park in the College avenue parking garage adjacent to Cogswell Laboratory.


EMPAC is an accessible venue. The main lobby is adjacent to the East campus entrance and is accessible via the double doors facing Rensselaer’s campus with an entrance off of College Avenue. All-gender wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available on all public-access levels of the building. The main audience entrance to the theater is wheelchair accessible and located on Level 5, which can be accessed from the lobby by elevator. For further information or accommodation in the EMPAC building contact the box office or call 518-276-2822 (voice only). Please note that Parking on 8th street requires using stairs to the third floor where there are elevators in the corridor hallway.

Rensselaer Campus Accessibility Information

Mailing Address

110 8th Street
EMPAC Building
Troy, NY 12180


Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
555 East St
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Albany International Airport
737 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham, NY