SVST is going year-round!
The Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center (SVPAC) publicly announced plans to build a $36 million state-of-the-art performing arts center. The 59,000 square foot facility will house a 475+ seat Main Stage Theatre, a 200-seat flexible Studio Theatre, an Acting Conservatory for area youth, as well as event/business meeting space. Groundbreaking is scheduled for August of 2022, and the Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center hopes to open its doors for its first theater production in the summer of 2024.
Plans for the SVPAC were sparked by the success of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre (SVST), which will become the resident theater at the facility. Since its founding in 2016, SVST has produced high quality summer musical theatre, while setting new attendance records annually. Executive Artistic Director Yvonne A.K. Johnson says building the Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center will not only give Spokane Valley Summer Theatre a permanent home but will also be a beacon of light for the performing arts in general, as well as give the region a space that will have multiple uses. The stunning building will benefit the region not only artistically, but economically, pumping an estimated $32 dollars into the local economy per dollar spent on live theatre into the region.
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SVPAC will be the most technologically advanced, 21st-century performing arts facility between Missoula and Moses Lake.
Located next to the Tru by Hilton in the new Mirabeau neighborhood, it is the last piece of undeveloped riverfront property in the City of Spokane Valley.
300 FREE parking spots will be available, plus a convenient circle drive for drop-off and pick-up.
The outside fountain is being designed by local artist Vince DeFelice, and will be the heart of the outdoor garden.
SVPAC will include a fly loft above the main-stage for technical productions. As long as a third floor was required, SVPAC leadership chose to enclose it, adding two event spaces (which can be combined into one big space).
Events can hold up to 400+ guests, and boasts 180 degree southeast views of the Idaho Mountains to Mt. Spokane, with peek-a-boo views of the Spokane River. A caterer's kitchen will provide on-site food and beverage service. The event space includes an outdoor terrace.
Architecture is provided by NAC and GARCO will oversee construction.
The mainstage auditorium boasts 475+ seats, all extra wide with double arm-rests. Foot and leg clearance is also extra wide, allowing patrons to reach the aisles easily, without disturbing other guests.
The theatre features an upper and lower bowl, all with excellent sightlines. The facility is completely ADA compliant throughout the building, including two elevators.
SVPAC will feature double the required amount of wheelchair seating. Women's restrooms throughout the building have double the stalls.
The 250+ seat Studio Theatre boasts high ceilings and moveable seating for multiple configurations. Natural light is available if necessary for conferences or other speaking engagements.
The Conservatory, our theatre education program for children grades 2-12, will make the Studio Theatre home for classes, camps and performances.
SVPAC plans completely year-round programming, including 5+ mainstage shows, 4+ Studio productions, and of course our three summer SVST offerings, which the region has come to know and love.