After years of building a performing arts organization with a growing audience base, excellent educational programs, strong community partnerships, and a reputation for artistic quality and fiscal responsibility, Johnson Hall has outgrown its current space and is ready to expand and complete renovations to its three-story, two-theater, state-of-the-art performing arts facility.
Within the last two years, in the challenging times we have been in, the rehabilitation of Johnson Hall increased to a cost of $8 million. Of this, $3 million (37%) will come from federal and state historic tax credits. The remaining $5 million (63%) will be funded with private support.
The completed facility will include:
- A 400-seat theater on the 3rd floor, with an upper balcony, raked seating to improve sight lines for all, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and projection equipment;
- A gracious lobby and concessions area, restrooms, and a green room/dressing room for performers on the 2nd floor;
- An expanded foyer and full-service box office on the ground floor;
- ADA-compliant access to all areas of the facility, including an elevator.
When renovations are complete, Johnson Hall will house two fully functional theaters, ensuring much greater flexibility for programming, and will be able to provide a full theater experience for schools attending our Artists in the Schools Program.
Johnson Hall intends to be an engine of economic opportunity for the Kennebec Valley community. Building on 150 years of entertainment in the old Opera House, we are committed to this goal and welcome any and all support from across the State and throughout the Northeast.
Exciting News! Beginning January 12, 2022, all Capital Campaign gifts will be doubled, thanks to an anonymous donor, up to $500,000! We invite you to join us in the Punch List Challenge. Make a gift here and it will be doubled. Also, all gifts to Rick’s Cafe, The Reehl Stage, and all seat purchases will be doubled. Now is the time to give and join in our vision for the future of Johnson Hall.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Punch List Challenge