The mission of the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center is to promote, create and inspire artistic excellence through the presentation of world-class entertainment and professional performing arts education and to drive cultural and economic growth for our community.

Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit organization, IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, presenting a wide range of programs in historic Johnson Hall Opera House in downtown Gardiner, Maine. Johnson Hall is a historic theater in Maine built in 1864 on Water Street in downtown Gardiner.  It presented live shows, entertainment and movies until 1959, and then was mostly closed for 30 years.

Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center is a theater in Maine. The first floor has now been renovated into an accessible 117-seat performance space, where Johnson Hall presents arts programs for all ages, all year round live professional music, theater and dance performances; theater and art camps for children; and workshops and classes for children and adults. The theater in Maine also collaborates with other community organizations to bring arts and theater programs to children and to present a summer festival, outdoor concerts and movies; and provides space for community classes, groups, rehearsals, and meetings. Johnson Hall’s upper floors await restoration, and the community is engaged in a planning process to return the Hall to its full glory—a 360-seat theater and conference center, which will provide cultural enrichment and boost the regional economy.

Staff conduct tours of the building during regular hours (Tuesday-Friday, noon-3:00 pm). Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center welcomes you to explore our web site, to learn more about our building and our programs.

Johnson Hall is grateful for our sponsors and donors.
For more information, call 582-7144
Johnson Hall, 280 Water St.
(Mailing:) P.O. Box 777
Gardiner, ME 04345

Box Office Hours

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday – 12:00pm -3:00pm
and 1 1/2 hours before shows

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