The Arlene Francis Theater will provide several theatrical spaces for public events supportive of our mission. It is a venue for concerts, films, classes, plays, and other performances that provide insight into our existing social world and ways that it might be transformed. It will link the showing of important films and plays with group discussions that will invite audience members to participate in analyzing the works being presented and to help us envision how another world might be possible. In addition, the theater spaces will serve as home to various performance arts groups who share the Center’s vision and can contribute to building the unique cultural environment to which we aspire ~ to date, this has included the North Bay Film and Art Collective, Alchemidia Theater for the Disabled, and the North Bay Hootenany, among others.
Our theater seats 75 and with about 180 standing room. It has been used for films, lectures, poetry readings, concerts and classes offered by the Arlene Francis Center and the wider community. This theater is currently being used for these purposes, having hosted a Global Film Festival as well as many concerts and dances that are a cultural highlight in the North Bay/Sonoma County area. The second performance space—Used during the summer for Shakespeare productions has outside picnic seating for 200 people with a large outside stage powered by a solar generator. It is located in the vacant lot that used to be the old Cannery building and is currently the site of more Summer Shakespeare in The Cannery productions.
Our theaters and the events are creating culture that deepens our community’s insight into the values expressed in our introduction and mission.