Founded in 1982, the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Our mission is to enrich the cultural, social and educational life of the community through professionally produced live theatre, concerts, other cultural events and year round educational programs for children and adults.
The 1920 building in which it is housed was originally Littleton’s Town Hall. The current lobby once housed the city fire truck and the scene shop was once a basement jail. The second floor auditorium served as a community meeting room where the city council met, where court was held and where community dances took place. The present Stanton Art Gallery once housed city offices.
In the mid-1950s, a new city center was built about six blocks away, and the old town hall stood vacant. Then, in 1980, a group of local citizens decided the growing city needed a performing arts center. They mounted a fund raising campaign and two years later a newly expanded and remodeled facility saw the first season staged in the intimate upstairs theatre which seats 260.
Today, Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) is governed by a volunteer board of 12 that oversees the staff comprised of an Executive Director and nine full-time employees, plus a part-time staff of eight. The organization was founded and has continued to operate on the belief that the immediate availability of excellent performing and visual arts significantly enriches the cultural, social and educational life of a community. THAC was established to provide such opportunities for the people of the Denver metro area. To that end, its programming is designed to provide quality live family entertainment in the areas of theatre, music and dance. Further, THAC is an anchor for the three block historic shopping district, largely consisting of small “mom and pop” retailers, antique and gift shops, plus a variety of restaurants. As such, THAC accounts for over 25,000 visits to the downtown area each year and, as an economic impact study conducted by the City of Littleton demonstrates, contributes directly over a half-million dollars annually to the economy of the area. True to its mission, the growth of Town Hall Arts Center is evident in both artistic quality and its continued updating of the facilities. The Denver Post has called THAC “one of the most appealing intimate theatres in the region.”
During the season from September through June, Town Hall Arts Center produces six main stage musicals or comedies, presents four concerts, and brings back one revival. THAC’s children’s theatre program includes “Arts on the Move” which takes plays, including participation plays, directly into schools or provides a field trip opportunity to the theatre. Kids can be a part of the action in stories such as A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more! The Actors’ Playground program holds classes in acting and script analysis for students aged 5-17 throughout the year.