4 Performing Arts Spaces that Inspire
Haskell Opera House
The pride of Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont, Haskell Opera House provides visual and performing arts for the communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Founded in 1901, this cultural center enriches the lives of its members and the community.
The building’s facades are wonderful examples of both late Victorian architecture and neo-classical style. The building serves as both the Haskell Free Library and Haskell Opera House. Spanning two countries, much of the audience sits in the U.S. to watch a show on a stage in Canada. Nowhere else in the world can an audience enjoy a show in an opera house that is split in two by an international border. This important local institution and treasured cultural gem has been classified a historic site by Canada, the U.S., and the Province of Quebec.
Highland Center for the Arts
Showcasing artists of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and beyond, Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) is on a mission to provide a welcoming venue for artistic expression, entertainment, education, and refreshment.
The state-of-the-art main theater transforms into multiple thrust configurations, allowing spectators a more intimate viewing experience. Engage with striking exhibits by renowned artists in the art gallery, designed to showcase the wood, leather and stone textures of Vermont. The more intimate performance cinema offers a range of classes and workshops for all ages, interests, and abilities. During the warmer months, sit back and relax while you enjoy a delicious meal of your favorite comfort food (The HCA Café is open during select performances), while taking in an incredible performance with the stunning scenery of Vermont as the backdrop.
Founded in 1975, Catamount Arts strives to integrate arts into the community by cultivating awareness and appreciation of the arts through film, music, theater, dance, and visual arts. The only full-service arts center in northeastern Vermont, Catamount is located in one of the most beautiful and historically significant buildings in the Northeast Kingdom, the Masonic Temple of St. Johnsbury.
Each year, Catamount Arts presents an extensive series of performances with nationally known touring artists and accomplished local performers in unique venues outside of their brick-and-mortar home during the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series and performances at the Catamount Arts ArtPort. Their unique approach to leading the creative sector in the Northeast Kingdom positions them to have a positive impact on the social and economic health of the community.
The Flynn Center
The Flynn has been at the center of Vermont's cultural landscape for over 90 years, encouraging enjoyment, understanding, and development of Vermont’s performing arts through diverse and engaging experiences. Burlington’s “Wonder Theater” got its start as a state-of-the-art vaudeville and motion picture venue when it opened November 1930. Restored in 1981 to the Art Deco theater that it is today, it has garnered recognition by the Art Deco Societies of America.
Two stages nourish the creative spirit in regional, national, and international artists through diverse programming. Performances embody the belief that the performing arts have the power to unify, strengthen, and inspire.