History

Founded in 1982, Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) 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 theater, concerts and other cultural events, and year-round educational programs for children and adults.

Built in 1920, the building was originally the City of Littleton’s Town Hall. The current lobby once housed the city fire truck and the scene shop in the basement was once a 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 fundraising campaign, and two years later a newly expanded and remodeled facility saw the first season staged in the intimate upstairs theater that seats 260.

Today, THAC is governed by a volunteer board of nine that oversees our staff comprised of an Executive Director and five full-time employees, and five part-time staff. The organization was founded and has continued to operate, on the belief 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 south Denver metro area. To that end, its programming is designed to provide quality live entertainment in the areas of theater, 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 THAC is evident in both artistic quality and its continued update 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, THAC produces six main stage shows and a series of concerts and special events. THAC’s Education Program includes Arts on the Move, which takes plays — including participation plays — directly into schools or provides a field-trip opportunity to THAC. 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, singing, movement, stage combat, and script analysis/writing for students 5- to 17-years-old throughout the year.