The founders of Beaver Creek had always imagined a central theatre since it was first projected as a resort community. In February of 1998, that vision was realized. With the opening of the Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek became the first mountain resort community in the world to include its own performing arts facility presenting an annual series of diverse cultural events.
Managed by the Vail Valley Foundation, the building of the Vilar Performing Arts Center was financed by donors who are both full and part-time residents of the Vail Valley. This theatre has added yet another unique dimension to what is already one of the world's premier vacation and recreation destinations. A state-of-the-art facility, the Vilar Performing Arts Center contains a 530-seat theatre, two 2,200 square-foot lobbies and a 2,000 square-foot May Gallery Patrons Lounge.
Located in the heart of the Beaver Creek Village, directly beneath the outdoor ice skating rink, the cultural complex hosts a variety of acclaimed artistic performances that one would expect to see at Carnegie Hall in New York or the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., but might not expect to find within walking distance of ski lifts, hiking trails and golf fairways. The intimate and inviting performance space was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat.