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Manhattan Arts Center

1520 Poyntz Avenue


On July 1, 1996, the Manhattan Civic Theatre, Manhattan Arts Council, and Manhattan Arts Center were legally merged into one organization. The Manhattan Civic Theatre ("MCT") was the oldest of the partners. Starting as a community/university play-reading club in the 1950s, the group established itself as a community theatre in 1964 and incorporated in 1972. Since then, it has put on regular “main-stage” productions and several smaller, “second-stage” productions each year, and has conducted outreach projects. MCT operated without a permanent home until moving into the Arts Center in 1994.

The Manhattan Arts Council grew out of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in 1972. Initially it cooperated with Kansas State University to obtain pass-through grants for the university’s new concert series. The Council soon developed a quality art exhibition series; membership grew from a few dozen to between five and six hundred. Staff was originally volunteer and later became professional. The Council evolved into a full community arts agency whose activities included sponsoring community arts celebrations, programs in the schools, transportation to arts events, radio and TV programs, and a monthly publication, all promoting the arts.



Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Cute, small theatre, and the actors put on a good show, but the staff weren't very welcoming. Recommend sitting center rather than on the side unless you want a crink in your neck.

Shelly Albano

Friday, May 4, 2018
I have seen two productions here. Evita and Pirates of the Curry Bean. Both were absolutely amazing. They were well produced with talented actors and actresses. The facility is stunning.

David Horner

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
The plays are extremely high quality in terms of sets, performers and the performance itself. The seats are comfortable. The entire experience is a great time for all. Have to mention the annual New Year's party. Great music, food, drinks, and activities. The hall is always decorated with amazing art to the theme enhancing the whole experience. Great place.

Jon Klimek

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Manhattan does have some culture for a small town. The Arts Center was originally a grocery store and through a great turn of events it provides a place for civic theatre to flourish and great performers to put on their shows. Local artists also display artwork of different types for sale in the galleries - if you are looking for a painting or photograph, maybe a sculpture for your home or a gift - you can find it at the Manhattan Arts Center!

Nicola Robinson

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Great place for everyone tochallenge the mind and creativity.

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