Originally built as a Shrine temple in 1920, the Helena Civic Center is now owned and operated by the City of Helena. The Helena Civic Center offers the community a unique place to enjoy concerts, conferences, conventions, banquets, balls, wedding receptions, expositions, art shows and other special events.
The Helena Civic Center houses two major facilities: the 1,925 seat Auditorium Theater and the 15,000 sq. ft. Ballroom exhibition hall, which is used for banquets, craft shows, dances, weddings, trade shows and conferences. The Auditorium and Ballroom may be booked separately or together for an event. The Ballroom facility includes a second floor mezzanine over-looking the ballroom and a catering kitchen with a walk-in cooler. The Auditorium contains a Green Room, two (2) stage-level dressing rooms and two (2) upper-level dressing rooms.
Diane Stavnes, Civic Center Manager, Phone 406-447-8382 E-mail
Bridget Johnston, Administrative Assistant , Phone 406-447-8481 E-mail
Don Phillips, Technical Director, Phone 406-447-8382 E-mail
Fax # 406-447-8480
Administrative staff business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
The Helena City Commission appointed an 18 member Civic Center Advisory Board in 1972. In the years of its existence, the Civic Center Board has raised and spent over two million dollars in renovation and repairs of the Civic Center building.
Those fundraising efforts, along with additional financial support from the City Commission and the City Manager through tax increment financing, have made it possible to turn the Helena Civic Center into a first-rate cultural and arts facility. Support and appreciation from the public through local sponsorships and participation have also been integral in accomplishing these efforts.
Since the creation of the Civic Center Board, over 100 of Helena's most innovative and energetic citizens have served (18 at a time) to ensure that the building is used and remodeled to its full potential and is kept in good repair for the generations to come.