Formerly the Newton-Conover Auditorium is a 510 seat facility with Art Deco
and Neo-Classical architectural elements. It was saved from demolition in 1991 by
the combined efforts of the City of Newton, Catawba County, Newton-Conover City School system and combined efforts of thousands of school alumni and the citizens of Catawba County. This is one of only a few Art Deco Theaters in NC and the Southeast. This is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization.
Currently, the Newton Performing Arts Center serves as a state of the art performance facility
and available to the public for rentals. We also produces many popular events and attractions
unique to our area for local and regional audiences!
Executive Director - Marietta Burke
Office Manager - Kelcie Bagley
Executive Assistant - Angela Isenhour
Board of Directors: April Wallace - Chairperson,
Mark Pennell - Vice Chairperson, Gina McWhirter - Secretary, Linda Campbell, Fran Little , Marvin Bentley, Jimmy Yancey, Brian Smith
The Newton Performing Arts Center, formerly Newton-Conover Auditorium, contributes to the economic, cultural, and social well-being of Catawba County by providing a place for the community to take part in arts education and performance. This is a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization.
• Provides space for cultural, visual, and performing arts;
• Provides competent and professional staff to oversee operations;
• Offers a state of the art performance facility;
• Obtains funding through public, private, and government sectors to maintain the facility.
In the late 1980’s, a Task Force was established to study the need for an auditorium to serve the citizens of eastern Catawba County. At the same time, the former Newton-Conover High School auditorium was in a state of benign neglect and was being abused by those who were using the facility. Yet it was the conclusion of the consulting architect that it was a hidden gem which could be restored into a magnificent venue for the community.
For a variety of reasons, it was decided that formation of a non-profit corporation, all of whose board members would be appointed by governmental entities, would be the best structure for governance of the new auditorium. Financing was to be by a public-private partnership. Three governmental units agreed to participate as follows: the City of Newton, $400,000; Catawba County, $200,000; and the Newton-Conover City School Administrative Unit, $50,000, largely in-kind. A ninety-nine year lease of the auditorium, together with ancillary facilities, was obtained for the protection of the public and the participating governmental units.
This $650,000 was combined with $900,000 contributed by businesses, individuals, and foundations, primarily from Catawba County, to form the fund which was used to preserve, restore, and remodel the building into the magnificent art-deco facility which we enjoy today and of which we are so proud. Newton Performing Arts Center, formerly Newton-Conover Auditorium is a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission. NCA is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization.