It’s one of Prescott’s best-kept secrets. Not necessarily the Elks Theatre, but the entire Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, which includes classrooms for dancing and yoga, sound studios, ballrooms and so much more.
Let’s get the introductions out of the way first, shall we? Three people are participating in this podcast:
Steven Kartstein, Elks Marketing and Program Manager
Trevor Odom, Assistant Marketing and Program Manager
Lynne LaMaster, Editor of Prescott eNews
Lynne LaMaster sits down with Steven Kartstein and Trevor Odom as they take us on an audio tour of the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center explaining what is fully available to the public.
First, Kartstein offers a history refresh, noting that the Elks Theatre was built about 115 years ago. Having no entertainment venue back in 1905, in Prescott, the Theatre became known as the jewel in the western United States. There was nothing like it in the west unless you went to San Francisco.
Fast forward a century or so, and now the Elks Performing Arts Center (upstairs in the eastern-most building) has been restored with as much historic accuracy as possible, but also modernized, offering classrooms for dance and yoga, ballrooms for meetings and events, and state-of-the-art sound studios for recording.
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) with a mission of promoting and supporting the arts - which is significant for a couple of reasons. First of all, the rates for using the facilities are very reasonable. But a portion of all the money raised goes towards community support in the form of scholarships and grants. There are some very grateful college students from Prescott who have benefitted, and Mile High Middle School has two new tubas for their band.
“I think it’s important for everybody to understand that we depend on them for the things that we do,” Kartstein said. "So, when they come to us and they have an event upstairs on the third floor, or they’re going to the theatre for one of our Wednesday movies or one of the musical shows or theatrical events, a portion of that money from everything goes straight into it [the scholarship fund].”
Listen to the entire podcast to find out more about the Elks Theatre!