Spokane Valley Regional Performing Arts Center (SVPAC)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where will the SVPAC be located?
The PAC will be just off the I-90 corridor between Evergreen and Sullivan, in the new Mirabeau neighborhood, nextdoor to the east of the Tru by Hilton. It is a centrally located 5-acre parcel, in what is soon to be a new Kendall Yards-like neighborhood, on the last piece of undeveloped riverfront property in the City of Spokane Valley.
This includes 300 parking spaces which will always be free to our patrons.
How big is SVPAC?
The total square footage for the building is 59,000 square feet. This includes a 475+ seat Main Stage, a 200 seat Studio Theatre (with flexible seating), and a third floor event space for upwards of 400 people. The event space can host two events at one time (if necessary) and has 180° sweeping views of the Idaho mountains to the southeast and Mt. Spokane and the Spokane River to the north.
In addition, the SVPAC will have four soundproofed practice rooms and two studios for music instruction, a caterer’s kitchen, full fly-system, hydraulic grid-system trap room beneath the main stage, spacious scenic and costume shops, rehearsal room, a large box office serving both performing spaces, three permanent and multiple portable concession/bars, green rooms and dressing rooms for both performance spaces, two “star” dressing rooms, offices, meeting room, three lobby spaces, over 4,000 sq.ft of storage and twice as many restroom stalls for women!
What is the purpose of these spaces?
Spokane Valley Summer Theatre (501c3 professionally operated theatre company) will begin producing year-round offerings (including our traditional three show summers season and camps). This company will provide ample community events including 8 Main Stage and 4 Studio Theatre productions, year-round Conservatory classes and training (our theatre education wing), summer camps for grades K-12, dance and music recitals, concerts and special events.
The products and services we will provide in these spaces include (but are not limited to): Theatrical productions (musicals and plays) in two theatre spaces, Conservatory training program for students, Conservatory Summer Camps, concerts and recitals, event venues for large gatherings/groups (anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, business meetings, etc.), costume rental for fully produced shows, two studio and four practice rooms for rental, and other events as appropriate to our mission.
What is the Mission of SVST/SVPAC?
Our mission is to enrich, entertain and serve the community in a safe, professional environment.
We provide musical, theatrical, educational and cultural programming that celebrates and further develops the artistic talents of the community. SVPAC will serve as a regional epicenter for all things related to the professional performing arts.
What is “The Conservatory”?
The Conservatory is the educational programming component of SVPAC. It serves regional youth in areas of the general performing arts (workshops, classes, summer camps, family showcases/performances, etc.) The Conservatory program will benefit approximately 700+ students annually in the SVPAC facility. It will offer 35-50 classes and camps for after school and summer programming.
What is the economic impact to the region?
The NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) estimates that for every $1 spent on live theatre, $33 dollars are injected into the regional economy. SVST is currently drawing patrons from Missoula to Moses Lake, Canada to northern Oregon, and beyond. This state-of-the-art facility will have a tremendous impact on hospitality and tourism. It is centrally located in the Inland Northwest, right in the heart of the phenomenal growth along the I-90 corridor, and easily reached by patrons coming from any direction.
Who designed the facility, and who is building it?
SVST/SVPAC Building Design Committee under the direction of Executive Artistic Director, Yvonne A.K. Johnson. They worked diligently with NAC Architects for the past two years to design this stunning, multi-functional visual and technical masterpiece. The General Contractor is Garco Construction.
What is the timeline for construction?
A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for August 13, 2022, and construction will begin in September 2022. SVST plans on assuming occupancy of the SVPAC in February/March of 2024, with the first professional mainstage production opening in June of 2024.
How much will the SVPAC cost to build?
All in, the cost of construction this new facility is approximately $36 million dollars.
For more information, please contact:
SVPAC Media Coordinator