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Arnold Hall

Interior of the theater at Arnold Hall.


Arnold Hall is the social center for the cadet wing and open to the public except under base restrictions. Named after the first general of the U.S. Air Force, Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, chief of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Arnold Hall is located just west of the Cadet Area and houses Arnold Hall Theater, Arnold Hall Ballroom, Richter Lounge Food Court, a coffee shop, meeting rooms, and recreational facilities open to cadets and visitors.

Arnold Hall Theater

Arnold Hall Theater has been the stage for nationally acclaimed plays, concerts, performances, and symposiums since its inception. The exceptional theater facilities backed by our professional crew make every event an unforgettable experience.

The theater has a capacity of 2,769 in addition to 40 handicapped seats available.

Parking is available in the upper lots just west of Arnold Hall.

Arnold Hall Ballroom

Arnold Hall Ballroom is a grand venue for large groups. Each year second class cadets fill the ballroom for the highly anticipated Ring Dance where they receive their class rings and join the ranks of the first class. Many parent’s clubs take advantage of the facility to hold functions honoring cadets from their home states. During Parent’s Weekend the ballroom is host to a giant information fair for parents to learn about all the support services available to their cadets.

The ballroom has a capacity of 2,000, a stage for musicians and performances, and dining facilities for large banquets.

Arnold Hall Pavilion

The Arnold Hall Pavilion, just outside the north doors of the Arnold Hall Ballroom, is used for other special occasions. Giant grills occupy the pavilion when our Texas Parent’s Club comes to town. For a few days, the cadet area is filled with the aroma of intense barbecue.

Richter Lounge Food Court

The Richter Lounge Food Court is named for a 1964 Academy graduate, accomplished pilot, and exemplar of the class of 2008, Karl Richter.
The Lounge is the place to get caught up on a conversation with friends, a cup of coffee, or a lunch.

It is north of the theater in Arnold Hall. There are a variety of food options with tables and large screen monitors available to the public.
For areas on the hill to get a bite to eat visit: Places to Eat on Campus.

Contact Us

Arnold Hall
2308 Cadet Drive
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840
(719) 333-2710