The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides an array of over 80 cultural and educational shows that promote artist quality, accessibility and education for all members of the community and beyond.
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is an award-winning, cultural arts center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The theater is a historic, Art Deco masterpiece. It was originally opened as a grand movie house in 1937. After a tumultuous history of floods, hurricanes, and abandonment, this magnificent building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Since opening its doors in 1986 as a performing arts theater, the Kirby Center’s cumulative audience is nearing 3 million people of all ages.
The Center strives to bring quality entertainment and arts education to the area. The Kirby Center represents the true spirit of community theater with high-quality, affordable and diverse programs that unite and include all members of the community. Through their year-round performances and events, the F.M. Kirby Center presents the very best of Broadway, comedy, music, dance, family fun and arts and education programs. Beyond entertainment, the Kirby Center also hosts countless meetings, major political figures, religious ceremonies, graduations and numerous parties and weddings.