PPAC – Fortifying a Performing Arts Center Icon

The Providence Performing Arts Center is the second largest theater of its kind in New England. It is a 3,100 seat, world class venue located in the heart of Providence’s arts and entertainment district and hosts first class Broadway touring shows, contemporary acts, concerts and family performances. PPAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been ranked by Pollstar as one of the Top Venues in the world.

PPAC’s mission is three-fold: 1) to present the widest possible variety of high quality arts and cultural events that serve the entertainment needs of the State’s various populations; 2) to preserve the historic integrity and beauty of the building; and 3) to maintain fiscal responsibility.

PPAC’s relationship with The Champlin Foundations dates back to 1981 and we are thankful for their continued support of numerous capital projects including window replacement, new carpet throughout the building, new main electrical switchboard, roof repairs and many others.

PPAC makes every effort to repair the cracks that naturally occur in the parapets and capstone of the Theatre but long term weather exposure resulted in water damage that threatened the façade as well as plaster damage to the interior finishes. This damage compelled PPAC to identify a permanent solution: remove the damaged finials, have historically accurate finials produced and replace the old ones. Funded through a 2011 grant, the project was completed in 2013.