Columbia’s love of the arts is evident by its many theatres, galleries, dance companies, and orchestras. Each season the Koger Center for the Arts , on the University of South Carolina campus, offers more than 500 theater, music, and dance performances from around the world. Guests include the South Carolina Philharmonic ,  which performs concerts from September through May; the Columbia City Ballet , with more than 80 performances each year; and the Columbia City Jazz Company , which has an active community outreach program and more than 20 performances each year in Columbia and other South Carolina cities. The Trustus Theater , in the Congaree Vista district, offers many regional premieres and develops new works in a regular season and a “late night series.” At this comfy theater, all reserved seats are large armchairs with a bowl of popcorn between every other seat and a place to put your drink—which you may bring in from the bar. The Columbia Marionette Theatre   is one of only 20 marionette theatres in the country. A 30-foot stage features puppets ranging from 12 inches to five feet, and productions include adaptations of classics, as well as original and innovative new shows. Built in 1924, the Town Theatre is the oldest community theatre building in continuous use in the United States, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre is committed to presenting plays and musicals of wide general appeal, and has the largest regular audience of any cultural performing organization in Columbia, with 20,00 theatre patrons each season. Finally, every October, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company comes to Finlay Park where classically trained actors offer free Shakespeare experiences all week at 8 p.m.