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.
Given in Memory of Julius Whitener Abernathy, Jr. and in the Honor of Christine Sigmon Abernethy by Friends and Family
Given by The Ridgeview Foundation
Given by McCreary Modern, Inc. & McCreary Frame, Inc.
Given by The Moretz Foundation
Given in Honor of Charles Hugh Moretz by Moretz MIlls, Inc.
Given by Western Steer ~ Mom 'n' Pop's
Given by Midstate Mills, Inc.
Given in Honor of Catawba Valley Community College
Given by The Bolick Foundation
Given by E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
In Memory of Charles Long Sigmon and in Honor of Lura Belle Earnhardt Sigmon Given by Leslie C. Sigmon
Given by The Green Room
In Honor of Raenelle Bolick Abernethy
Given by Thomas W. Warlick
Given by Southern Glove
Given in Honor of Arletta and Phairlever Pearson
Given by BB&T Branch Banking and Trust Company