The Lerner Theatre, an Elkhart landmark, is part of a revival, a new era for the arts, commerce and life in the heart of our community. The Lerner Theatre is a city owned and operated facility, built in 1924. With the completion of an $18-million-dollar renovation in 2011, The Lerner Theatre has truly put the “heart” back in downtown Elkhart.
The Lerner is evidence of this rebirth with its timeless, never-lost quality of an old theatre reborn as a state-of-the-art performance and event facility. It welcomes all types of dance, music and other traveling recitals and competitions to its facility.
• Award-winning palace-era theatre with adjoining 6,000 s.f. elaborate ballroom • Ballroom can be divided into sections and has audio/visual/screen capabilities • 2,451 s.f. professional stage • 1,700+ seat capacity theatre including balcony and boxes • 10 minutes from I-90 • 1.5 million residents within one-hour drive • 5 large dressing rooms, 1 artist green room with adjoining private restroom and showers • Dedicated 540 s.f. hospitality space for catering—tables/chairs available
Events Hosted: The Lerner hosts between 10-20 events on the stage for local and traveling dance studios each year, including annual recitals and dance competitions.
Space NotesNewly restored and expanded! 1920s-era movie house turned performing arts complex features a 1,700-seat theatre, flexible banquet hall, classroom space, The building has been expanded to include 6,000 feet of meeting space, state-of-the-art audio/video capabilities and on-site catering facilities, backstage tours and more. In the heart of downtown’s Arts & Entertainment district.
The Lerner's line-up of regional theatre, touring Broadway, comedy, jazz and symphonic concerts take center stage at this magnificently restored 1920's-era movie house turned state-of-the-art performance venue. Superior acoustics and meticulously restored architectural detail provide a stellar mix of sight and sound. The Lerner is also a showcase for regional artists, hosts behind-the-scenes tours and offers fun-filled community events with local flavor.