Welcome to
The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre
in Downtown Brenham, Texas.

Located halfway between Houston & Austin, The Barnhill Center is a multi-purpose meeting and event center.


The final goal is within reach for the Simon Theatre and Barnhill Center! You’ve probably heard about or even attended one of the recent events. Michael Martin Murphy put on a sold-out Christmas show at the Simon, and the Barnhill Center hosted over 30 wedding receptions and events this year.

Can you believe the progress?

This was just a dream, and now it’s a reality thanks to your support! But we still have more work to do, and we need your help to finish the final touches.

You can make in investment in our community

Your support not only helps restore a piece of Brenham’s heritage and history, you’re investing in the community. Washington County sits in the heart of Texas. Every day you see tourists travel from Austin, Houston, and as far away as Dallas. Your support for the Simon helps attract more investment and economic activity in Washington County.           The Simon Theatre and Barnhill Center are first class meeting and event spaces.

You can help us complete this project

To date we’ve raised over $5.4 million from the local community! Can you believe it? From the beginning, the support for this project has been amazing.  First we need to pay off our debt of $1.3 million. And we want to raise another $900,000 to complete the meeting rooms to make it a first-rate conference center for Brenham and Washington County.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy. So many people have sacrificed their time and money to get the project to where it is currently. Now you can help complete this amazing project and be a part of Brenham’s history and heritage.


Through your support you can help the community keep more dollars in Brenham, and bring more people during the week.

Help us with the final push to complete The Barnhill Center! donate-now

Hasskarl Auditorium is a 321 seat theatre restored to its original beauty with modern-day technology like Digital Cinema Projection. It can be used for meetings, conferences, classic and independent films, live music and performances, and wedding ceremonies.

Bullock Ballroom is available for meetings, galas, receptions, dances, and other memorable events. With 1925 wood floors, crystal and brass chandeliers, and gold Chiavari chairs, any event can be over the top elegant in this space designed for up to 220 people. State of the art audio/visual technology adds to the event.

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