by Steven Kartstein, Marketing and Program Director, The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center
For over 100 years The Elks Theatre has been a fixture in Prescott. Many come to visit and enjoy the shows presented. In 2016 after an extensive remodel that added banquet facilities, two dance studios and music practice sound booths the facility reopened as The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. The combined spaces created the opportunity for The Elks to expand its mission to support the performing arts in the Prescott area.
In The Elks right now are community outreach programs including scholarship programs, youth music concerts and the showing of such movies as “Gone With the Wind” and “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial” (admission is a donation of any amount to see the shows). A portion of the proceeds supports the outreach programs. This June, The Elks will sponsor its first “Kids Morning Movie Matinee,” four kids’ movies over four days.
We are pleased to announce that the first scholarship in the amount of $6,000 has been awarded to a Prescott High School student.
In development are programs to support music arts in the community, providing funds for the repair or purchase of musical instruments that then can be donated to a local school to further musical education. We also plan to include dance programs as well in the outreach programs.
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center invites the community to participate in supporting the performing arts by donating directly to our outreach programs or the Ann Dater Memorial Scholarship. Donation information can be found at prescottelkstheater.com, under the FAQ links. The Elks will also accept your new, used or forgotten wind, string or percussion instruments. We will repair/refurbish where reasonable and then donate the instruments to a local school. Call the Performing Arts Center business office at 928-756-2844 for more information.
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The mission of the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is to enhance the community of Prescott by providing space for practice, rehearsal and training of the performing arts.