Support the Gendron Franco Center—the place to be for performances, weddings, family gatherings, meetings, cultural programs and more!



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The Gendron Franco Center provides a welcoming, elegant and fun setting for all weddings and receptions. Our magnificent Performance Hall/Wedding Chapel is like no other. Our reception hall comfortably seats between 50 and 200 guests for a sit-down buffet meal. Our professional staff prepares and serves a wide variety of delicious banquet options with an all-inclusive wedding package, all under one roof! Weddings at the Franco Center

Culture & Language

With French classes, clubs and programs for children and adults from 4 to 104, the Gendron Franco Center takes pride in its mission to celebrate and preserve Franco-American heritage, culture and language, while welcoming the cultures of all those living in and around the region and connecting with the Francophone world. Learn more about French Classes and Events

Renting the Center

L/A’s Franco Center provides a welcoming, elegant and professional setting for family gatherings, corporate meetings, conferences, business expos, social events and artistic performances and presentations. The Center provides the perfect place for any unique event. Our Performance/Lecture Hall is like no other, with seating for 430! Our versatile reception venue comfortably seats between 50 and 250. Hall rental for meetings and functions


Become a season underwriter or sponsor. We bring quality entertainment and countless cultural and educational programs to people of all ages. It is through the generosity of the people of Maine and beyond that make it possible for this non-profit to continue its important work. We make a difference in the lives of individuals, organizations, businesses and more, from all quarters! Donate to the Franco Center

How we got here

We celebrate arts and culture by hosting dozens of performances every year ranging from classical works to comedy to popular music and more. After closing St. Mary’s church in 2000, it was deconsecrated and the Franco-American Heritage Center (now the Gendron Franco Center) was established as the magnificent performing arts and cultural center and events venue that it is today. Our Mission & History

The Café and Catering

The Franco Center’s Heritage Hall has several options for meetings, business and family gatherings, employee trainings, client receptions, and networking events. Our full service catering is prepared by our own chef and his team, allowing us to offer exceptional choices from hors d’oeuvres to hearty entrees at competitive prices. Our full bar service provides a wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails. Hall rental for meetings and functions

Staff, Board of Directors and Major Donors

The Center is fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors, major benefactors and a professional staff. Meet us

Global & Local Networks

Global, National USA, State of Maine and Local Networks. We are committed to our continued and growing involvement with a number of arts/culture and Franco-related networks.

Media gallery

Take an image tour of our photo and video gallery to see the many performance and program events. See the Gallery

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