The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is an art deco jewel in downtown Wilkes-Barre and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Steeped in a rich history as a movie theater, it was built in 1938 as the Comerford Movie Theater. In 1949, the building was renamed the Paramount Theater.
Since opening its doors in 1986 as a performing arts theater, the Kirby Center’s cumulative audience is nearing three million people of all ages, striving to bring quality entertainment and arts education to the area. The Kirby Center represents true community theater with high-quality, affordable, and diverse programs that touch all segments of our community. It presents the very best of Broadway, comedy, music, dance, family fun, and arts and education programs. In recent years, it has hosted John Legend, Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld, Heart, Norah Jones, Jennifer Nettles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Donny and Marie Osmand, and many more.
In 2018, the F.M. Kirby Center was ranked by Pollstar, a major live events trade publication, at #93 on their Top 200 list of theaters worldwide, and at #5 on their Top Pennsylvania Theaters list.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Darci Lynne Farmer and Friends
Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees
Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
It's A Wonderful Life
Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin II
Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM