The Historic Wilson Theatre
Renaissance Arts Center
In 2020, in just six years from now, Rupert’s Wilson Theatre will celebrate its 100th Birthday. This past century generated a wealth of history for this incredible performance center; from the architectural beauty originally crafted in 1920, to plays and performances throughout many decades of American history, to a movie theater in the fifties. And after a period of forgotten time, closed doors and little attention, in January 2000, a complete renovation began to bring the theatre back to life, to its original splendor with construction occurring over the past ten years. No detail has been spared in re-creating the original art and architecture from the 1920’s. The end result is an amazing feat worth even a simply visit to absorb, let alone to enjoy performances.
The acoustic bones of this theatre are like no other. Directors and producers of events such as musical performances, plays, concerts, school assemblies, and such, will delight in its acoustic brilliance. The beauty of detail within the concert hall will itself captivate an audience. A great venue has been re-created for the community of Southern Idaho for all to enjoy from near and far.
Too, we offer ideal spaces for meetings, conventions, and art exhibits in an inviting setting. Please contact us (link) for reservations for your event.
At the theatre’s inception in1920, Daniel Ward and Mennie Wilson dreamed of building a beautiful and unique opera house in Rupert, Idaho. In 2014, Wilson is honored in the building’s name, The Historic Wilson Theatre and Renaissance Arts Center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Thank you to many grants and generous private donors for the care and passion which have brought this amazing facility back to the community. Although now functional, we are still putting in place final touches. In you would like to donate, please contact us (link to Donation Page and Idahogives.org).
Our vision is to meet the needs and desires of our local people to provide quality cultural resources through arts, education, social and economic development.
Our goal is three fold: To bring together human resources for developing talents, learning new skills, and enriching the quality of life; to create a catalyst for revitalization of our community; and to continue the creative spirit of those who developed this region, established our city and created this facility, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.