The Building
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The Franco Center’s magnificent 428-seat Performance Hall (Brian Fitzgerald photo, click to enlarge.)

The Franco Center takes its residence in the former St. Mary’s Church located by the canal and the landmark Simard Payne (Railroad) Park in the area of downtown Lewiston known as Riverfront Island, in the heart of the “Little Canada” neighborhood. Our distinctive spire is one of the tallest sights you see as you drive in to town.

While no longer used as a place of worship, the reverence we have for our home and its original use is evident, from the preserved stained glass and original architectural elements (seen in the above photo), down to the way we approach our work here.

To date, an ongoing Capital Campaign has raised $6 million of the $7.6 million needed to complete the restoration and transformation of this beautiful old Gothic style building into a state-of-the-art 428 seat performing arts center, a museum, and a multi-purpose function hall.  Both levels are used for concerts, dances, workshops, weddings, speakers, banquets, educational programs, and much more.  It has become one of Lewiston-Auburn’s greatest community assets.

As beautiful as our building is, the need for upkeep and maintenance is never-ending. Another $1.3 million in masonry work is needed, and the stained glass windows are bowing and are cracked in places and require approximately $350,000 to repair and secure, a sprinkler system that will cost nearly $200,000 is needed for fire suppression in the upstairs Performance Hall — and that’s just what is needed. High on our “wish list” is air-conditioning in the upstairs Performance Hall, which becomes too warm in July and August to comfortably host performances and large audiences.

At left is a section of an outside wall that has been repointed by a professional mason. At right is a section of a buttress that still needs attention. Please consider making a donation by clicking the "Donate" button in the left column of this page. (+ click to enlarge)

At left is a section of an outside wall that has been repointed by a professional mason. At right is a section of a buttress that still needs attention. Please consider making a donation by clicking the “Donate” button in the left column of this page. (+ click to enlarge)

Upcoming Performances

  • Mar
    3

    Mainely Improv

    Heritage Hall

    Mar 3 - Mar 3

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    On the Spot Comedy PhotoWhat do you get when you combine the improvisation style of the television show, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” with a Maine-based comedy troupe that loves the art of improvisation?

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  • Mar
    4

    6th Annual Maine's Got Talent 2017

    Performance Hall

    Mar 4 - Mar 4

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    MGTlogo_2013Maine’s Got Talent  features 10 performing artists competing for cash prizes. Fifty percent of the vote comes from the audience and the other fifty percent from our celebrity judges. The celebrity Judges this year are Tom Doucette, 2014-16 performer of Maine’s Got Talent, Joe Philippon, Lewiston Police Department and Celeste from WBLM’s Morning Show.

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  • Mar
    5

    Blowin' in the Wind – Pettingill Fundraiser

    Heritage Hall

    Mar 5 - Mar 5

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Graphic - Denny Breau 3-5-17The music of Bob Dylan, Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkle, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and other popular musicians of yesteryear is coming to the Franco Center in Lewiston.  On Sunday, March 5, Denny Breau presents the “Blowin’ in the Wind” concert

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  • Mar
    10

    Piano Concert with Michael Lewin

    Performance Hall

    Mar 10 - Mar 10

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Michael Lewin at PianoThis Steinway Artist launched his concert career following victories in the William Kapell and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions.   Also highly respected as a teacher

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  • Mar
    18

    MSO – Midcoast Symphony Orchestra – Pops at the Opera

    Performance Hall

    Mar 18 - Mar 18

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    MSO Returns to the Gendron Franco Center with
    With Guest Conductor: Eric Hewitt
    Pops at the OperaMSO for 2007 Sponsor Sheet
    Strauss, Jr. – Overture to Die Flede maus
    Wagner – “Liebestod” from Triston & Isolde
    Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 2
    Ponchielli – “Dance of the Hours” from La gioconda
    Puccini – “Intermezzo” from Manon Lescaut, Act III
    Tchaikovsky – “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
    Verdi – “Prelude” from La Traviata, Act I
    Strauss – “Waltz Sequence” from Der Rosenkavalier

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