Alaska’s comprehensive multi-arts complex contains four functioning performing spaces, ranging in size from 2,000 seats (the Atwood Concert Hall) to 180 seats (Elvera Voth Hall). Events and offerings at the Alaska Center include symphonic, chamber and popular music productions, opera, dance, and theater of all types. In addition, the facility hosts space for lectures, recitals, public meetings and a variety of other purposes.
The Center is a non-profit organization owned by the Municipality of Anchorage, dedicated to providing a social and cultural hub for the state of Alaska. Located adjacent to the downtown Town Square Park, the facility, along with the Dena’ina Center and Egan Convention Center, constitute the center of civic and cultural life in Alaska’s largest city.
The Center has been open for over twenty years, though efforts to create a performing arts center in Alaska began as early as the late 1960s. After over a decade of active advocacy by local arts organizations, the state of Alaska provided funding for the Center’s creation, and ground was broken in 1980. With many unseen economic and logistic obstacles for its creators to contend with, the better part of a decade passed before the Center’s opening in September 1988.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (buses 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 36, 45, 60, 75, and 102 all have stops within a short walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 600 events programmed in all of the PAC’s four performance venues
- Ticket Prices: Varies ($10–$45) depending on performance, date, and seating choice, with various discounts available at select performances
- Membership: Donor (up to $99); Associate ($100–$499); Patron ($500–$999); Sponsor ($1,000–$2,499); Director’s Circle ($2,500–$4,999); Producer’s Circle ($5,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include a free limited edition chrome pen; complimentary poster; access to patron’s lounge; Alaska Airline miles; invitations to the Appreciation Reception; a seat plaque; and complimentary use of the Patron’s Lounge.