Art And Culture On The Palouse
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Movies And So Much More
Situated in the heart of historic Main Street in Moscow, Idaho, it is impossible to miss the marquee The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. A fixture of arts and entertainment for nearly a hundred years, The Kenworthy is at once a throwback to classic palace theaters and an innovator in bringing a myriad of arts, entertainment, and community events to the delight of its audience.
Given the pastoral beauty of the Palouse and the many idyllic small towns that dot its rolling hills, one could be forgiven for thinking it difficult to cultivate a vibrant artistic and cultural community, but thanks in great part to The Kenworthy that could not be further from the truth. With programming that includes everything from Summer Blockbusters to overlooked international films, local Moscow Community Theater productions to National Theater Live from London, The Kenworthy truly lives up to its slogan ‘Movies and So Much More’.
Christine Gilmore – Office Assistant To Executive Director
When current Executive Director Christine Gilmore began her career at The Kenworthy as an office assistant seven years ago, she took one look at the glittering lights, and said to herself, “I’m going to run this place someday.” Sure enough, the theater is thriving under Christine’s passionate direction, with a combination of long-standing traditions and wonderful new content that represents the diverse interests of their patrons, from local families to college students from the University of Idaho and nearby Washington State University. One would think there would be tension in the programming for such differing groups of people, but according to Christine, that is simply not the case. The Kenworthy has cultivated such a reputation for quality that the community trusts that whatever they produce will be well worth the price of admission.
Christine sees the theater as a cultural representation of the community itself, and with the diverse slate of programming, there is definitely something for everyone. Several years ago, The Kenworthy began offering Metropolitan Opera events through MetLive, broadcast in HD and taking full advantage of the theater’s lovely acoustics. Based on this program’s success, they have now expanded to offering rebroadcasts of National Theater Live from London and are looking into expanding Royal Shakespeare Company performances, as well.
Films And Theater Productions
These events fit right alongside the films they choose to run, both domestic and international, and they tend to focus on smaller, overlooked movies that wouldn’t otherwise find a home in the region. They also partnered with a former UI student to show silent films with an original soundtrack performed live. The Kenworthy has also curated a French Film Festival and partners with the UI’s Confucius Institute for Chinese Film Night, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Of particular note in the coming months is the annual weekend of It’s a Wonderful Life with free popcorn and hot chocolate, which has become a tradition for many families, leading more than one person to tell Christine that “Christmas would not be complete without a trip to The Kenworthy.” To further expand their holiday repertoire, The Kenworthy will be screening performances of Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Dec 22 & 23, a perfect addition sure to become a new tradition for many.
The Kenworthy also serves as a rentable event space and partners with many local businesses, nonprofit groups, and student organizations to throw everything from fundraisers and receptions to food drives and parties. The theater is happy to help coordinate with local businesses for food and beverages, publicity, and are more than capable of ensuring your event is a smashing success. On top of rental opportunities, there are plenty of chances to get involved with and give back to this indispensable institution. The Kenworthy welcomes corporate sponsors, like for the Summer Classic Saturday Cartoons, which provides a fun and safe refuge for kids of all ages during Moscow’s farmers’ market. Similarly, they welcome partners for summer movie matinees, their annual fundraising gala, and their other events in order to keep ticket prices down and ensure everyone has access to culture and the arts.
Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable night of theater or the perfect place for your next corporate function, you are sure to find exactly what you need at The Kenworthy, even if it’s not exactly what you expect. For a full list of upcoming events and how to get involved, check out Kenworthy.org, and keep an eye out for their Year-End Fundraising letter coming out in mid-December.