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Bridget Johnston, Interim General Manager, Phone 406-447-8382 E-mail Bridget
Don Phillips, Technical Director, Phone 406-447-8382 E-mail Don
Box Office Phone 406-447-8481
Administrative staff business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM   Fax # 406-447-8480

Helena Civic Center

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.

Visit Helena as she was to learn more about Helena Civic Center's history.

Helena Civic Center Steering Committee

Civic Center Steering Committee is seeking members
One citizen to serve as a Visual / Media Arts Representative and one individual who previously served as Civic Center Board member. Terms will begin upon appointment and expire on August 31, 2021.

Resolution 20634 states the City of Helena Commission will identify or create an advisory body related to the Civic Center by August 30, 2021. A temporary steering committee is established for the purposes of providing a recommendation on the purpose and composition of the civic center advisory body to the Helena City Commission and assisting staff in developing a request for proposals that explores private-public partnership opportunities for the Civic Center, including but not limited to programing, concessions, or operations. The temporary steering committee’s recommendation on the purpose and composition of the civic center advisory body is due to the Helena City Commission by April 30, 2021. The composition of the temporary steering committee is as currently comprised except that the Mayor may designate a Commissioner to attend the meetings in place of the Mayor. The temporary steering committee will select its own leadership.

Applications are available here

Interested parties may also request an application by email to or by calling 447-8410. Completed applications can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Avenue, Room 323, Helena, MT 59623

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2020 4:30pm via Zoom
Agenda, Resolution 20634, Minutes

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Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:30pm via Zoom
Agenda, CPG Study, Hybrid Approach Presentation, Minutes

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2020 4pm via Zoom
Agenda, Draft RFP, Previous Board Functions, Minutes

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020 4pm via Zoom
Agenda, Timeline Memo, Draft RFP, Minutes

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 2020 4pm via Zoom
Agenda, Minutes

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 2020 4pm via Zoom
Agenda, Programming Presentation, Mission Statement Presentation ,Minutes

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 30, 2020 4pm via Zoom
Agenda, Draft RFP, Minutes

Initial Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 26 4pm City County Building Rm 326
Agenda, Draft RFP, Minutes




Helena Civic Center Advisory Board

The Helena City Commission appointed an 18 member Civic Center Advisory Board in 1972. In the years of its existence, the Civic Center Board raised and spent over two million dollars in renovation and repairs of the Civic Center building.  Those fundraising efforts, along with contributions from the City Commission and the City Manager through tax increment financing, and a generous helping of sponsorships, moral support, and appreciation from the public for the endeavor have made it possible for great strides to be made towards making the Civic Center a first rate cultural and arts facility. 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. The Helena Civic Center Board was dissolved by the Helena City Commission on December 16, 2019. Board meeting minutes can be found at


The Helena Civic Center’s supporting cast of more than 50 volunteers contribute to over 500 hours of service at the Helena Civic Center each year. These volunteers act as ushers and perform other important duties during performances in our 1,925 seat theater.