About the Franco Center

We are the Franco Center – Central Maine’s premier performance and event center. The Franco Center is in Lewiston, ME, USA. We believe history and heritage are action verbs, just like community and neighbor. We practice these by engaging members of our community young and old to share their experiences and traditions, so we might all benefit from them.

We’re a performing arts organization that celebrates our Franco-American Heritage; a legacy handed to us by generations of our brave ancestors who relocated here from France, from Quebec, and from all across the globe. We present the best in symphonic music, solo instrumentalists, chorales and choirs, and contemporary music. We have a wildly successful theme night series, as well as more informal nightclub performances.

Founded in the year 2000, the Franco Center is a 501©3 non profit organization governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. Twenty five percent (25%) of all programming is of a French nature in order to preserve and keep the rich culture, traditions, music, cuisine, language and heritage alive and to celebrate the “Joie de Vivre” spirit of the Franco-Americans.

Upcoming Performances

  • Oct

    Comedy Showcase

    Heritage Hall

    Oct 28 - Oct 28

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join Lewiston comedian Dawn Hartill as she hosts the Center’s Fall Comedy Showcase with a night of stand-up comedy featuring Tuck Tucker, Connor McGrath,  R.A. Sweeney and Will Green.

    Portland comedian, Connor McGrath, is a truly unique voice in the Portland scene, winning over audiences with tales of lost love and fragrant banks.

    Tuck Tucker is one of the funniest Comics to come out of New England in the last decade. Combine his verbal wit and physical comedy and you have a recipe for falling off your chair funny.

    Will Green is a founding member of The Portland Comedy Co-op and is recently back from a tour through Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

    R.A. Sweeney is relatively new to the comedy scene, getting his start in Portland earlier this year. He’s a storyteller and a regular performer at comedy venues throughout Southern Maine.

    $5 at the door.

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  • Nov

    Justin Lindsay and Bunk

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 4 - Nov 4

    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    justin-lindsay-2016Justin Lindsay & Bunk plays a blend of roots, Americana, blues, swing, and funk.  Led by the energetic and charismatic Thom and Justin.  Sure to please.

    Justin Lindsay is a 16 year old Junior at Scarborough High School. He’s been in the blues scene since he was 11 performing multiple times at the Maine Blues Festival

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  • Nov

    Loin des Hommes – A French Film with Subtitles

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 6 - Nov 6

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    menAlgeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

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  • Nov

    Piano Concert with Igor Lovchinsky

    Performance Hall

    Nov 11 - Nov 11

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    One of the most dynamic and popular pianists ever to play in our hall, Igor Lovchinsky takes time away from his other passion, graduate study in physics at Harvard, to return with a program sure to please.  During the opening concert

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  • Nov

    Ernest and Celestine – A French Film with Subtitles

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 13 - Nov 13

    12:00 pm - 3:59 pm

    The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

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