Louis Kahn is known around the world and is famous for his concept of open space buildings. The Arts United Center is the only theatre Kahn designed. Kahn’s design for the building was for the performing arts facility to seek excellence in visual organization, acoustical superiority and structural simplicity. His choice of materials included brick, concrete and oak. Some of Kahn’s other designs include the Richards Medical Research Building at the University of Pennsylvania, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies at La Jolla, the Yale University Art Center, and the Kimbell Museum of Art in Fort Worth.
Louis Kahn inspiration for the building was a violin and its case — an instrument which creates beautiful music enclosed by a protective shell. Indeed, at the core of the Arts United Center is a 660 seat theatre, and surrounding that theatre is an outer brick shell containing the entry ways, promenades, ticketing and other facilities of a theatre building. This mid-century modern building was a centerpiece of the Arts Campus as it was imagined over 50 years ago, and remains so today.
Arts United Center
303 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Throughout the year, the theatre is home to performances by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Youtheatre, Dance Collective, Civic Theatre and more. Its acoustics are top-notch, lighting and sound system are state-of-the-art, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Arts United Center also contains spacious studios for rehearsals and meetings, a complete workshop backstage for set construction, and office space for the Civic Theatre and Youtheatre.
The Arts Plaza resides in front of the striking façade of the Arts United Center, opening up to Main Street. An entryway and grand promenade for public gatherings, festivals and community events, the Arts Plaza is an open door to arts and culture for Northeast Indiana residents and visitors.
We’re proud to own and operate the Arts United Center — an integral component of the region’s cultural core.