The Lowry is set in Salford’s derelict docklands on the banks of the Manchester Shipping Canal, just one and a half miles from Manchester city center. This £105 million performing arts center is an engine for urban renewal. Since opening in 2000, this international landmark has received much attention for its striking design and wide range of performing and visual arts facilities. Sponsored by Salford’s visionary city council, and funded in large part by revenue from the National Lottery, The Lowry is named after one of Salford’s favorite sons: LS Lowry, the artist—known for his 20th century industrial landscapes. The Lowry contains the Lowry Galleries, restaurants, and retail outlets, an interactive Artworks Gallery for children, a 1,730-seat Lyric Theatre for touring opera, ballet, and musicals, and an adaptable courtyard theatre, which can seat between 280 and 473 depending on its configuration.