Originally built by the 20th Century Fox Corporation in the Art Deco style, the Alberta Bair Theater for the Performing Arts was once called the Fox Theater. In the mid-‘80s it was remodeled and named after Alberta Bair, a donor whose family had been homesteaders on the property in the days before it was a theater. The ABT is the longtime home of the Billings Symphony, and it also hosts the Rimrock Opera and many other arts and cultural events. Education is a significant part of the theater’s mission, which it realizes through school performances, teacher workshops, school residencies, master classes, and panel discussions.
Alberta Bair Theater For the Performing Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 4-minute walk from MET buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at the Downtown Transfer Center – 3rd Avenue North/North 25th Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Programming includes Classical Music, Jazz, and Pop Music, Theater, Broadway Tours, Comedy, Dance, Opera, Family Programming, and more
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $5–$65 depending on event and seating selection. Student discounts are often available
- Subscriptions: Memberships begin at $25. Benefits include invitations to special events such as Plan the Season, Season Previews, pre-show receptions, and the annual board of directors meeting; advance email alerts/ticket purchasing; preferred seating; a listing on “Encore Gift Club” recognition display; season-long recognition in the playbills; a private theater tour for members and four guests; and discounts on special event fundraising event tickets.