Help us raise money to keep this beautiful Historic Theater as a thriving part of the community. If you have been to the Vista Theater, you have a story about how it has impacted your life. Please share your story and this page to spread the word.
The Historic Vista Theater was opened in 1926, with more than 90 years of history in the Vista Theater there are an infinite number of stories that make up our past. We're committed to continuing to provide a place for stories to continue.
In 1973, a group of local citizens formed the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council (PAAC). They took over the running of the Vista, updated some features and in 1975 began using it as a venue for multiple artistic forms, including amateur theater productions, musical programs, concerts, films, puppet shows, art exhibits, and arts workshops.
In 2005, the structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PAAC continues to operate the theater and in 2014, thanks to a grant from the Cliffs/Eagle Foundation, installed a new digital projector and screen, making it one of the few facilities left in the United States that acts as both a playhouse and movie theater.
Ninety years later, our legacy remains the same; to enrich those in the Upper Peninsula through means of story telling and performance arts of all kinds. The Historic Vista Theater takes great pride in continuing to be involved in the Marquette County community and we hope to continue to play our part in the sustainability of our region for decades to come. As we look to ensure the future of our theater, we welcome everyone to come and experience the Historic Vista Theater, one of the remaining historical theaters the U.P. has to offer.