A Cherished Community Gathering Place For Decades!

The city core will gain fresh economic vitality with the Performing Arts center. The facility will be across from a public art gallery and a public parking lot; while close to other art galleries, restaurants, hotels, banks as well as the City museum. They all have roles in revitalizing downtown!The sturdy art-deco building at 335 Main Street opened in 1949 as Elks Lodge 1429 and was a cherished community gathering place for decades. This center of community activities revived later as the Fireside Restaurant, hosting dances and other events—from theatrical productions to weddings. And now, a new life as a community center is just beginning.

When the doors swing open at the Ketchikan Performing Arts Center in 2014, it’s not a new book—just a new chapter. The building on Main Street has been a versatile venue for more than 60 years, hosting musical performances, dances, art classes, Native gatherings, weddings and costume comedy.

gfx_floor_plans_3_update2This versatile facility will be a 21,000 square-foot community arts center. It will have some features that are essential in a well-rounded town: a flexible theatre that converts easily to a gathering space; studios for dance instruction and rehearsals; and offices for the community theatre company and the dance school. The Performing Arts Center will also provide an affordable and convenient venue for community use—infrastructure for diverse arts, education and civic groups.

How can the Ketchikan performing arts center enhance the economy of our community?

  • Broaden downtown’s economic base and its year-round appeal for families.
  • Increase overall consumer spending in the city’s downtown core.
  • Enable events for independent travelers and conventioneers,
    increasing economic inflow from outside sources.
  • Enable events for independent travelers and conventioneers,
    increasing economic inflow from outside sources.
  • Create a vibrant attraction for new residents, who enhance
    our economy and invigorate our community life.
  • Create and sustain jobs in the arts and
    in production technology.