Entertainment comes in many forms in Prescott. Whether your interests run to fine arts, plays, concerts, theater, film or a casual evening on the town, Prescott has it.
Elks Opera House
Located in the heart of downtown Prescott, the Elks Opera House is a significant entertainment venue. The 494-seat facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recently completed a major renovation including opera boxes, new seats, ceiling, and paint. The opera house hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and presentations.
Prescott Center for the Arts
PCA is Prescott’s longest running and largest community theatre and gallery. Its mission is to create opportunities for the greater community to engage in and experience all facets of the arts. The PCA delivers concerts, plays, exhibits, and art education.
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and Art Gallery
The Center is a newly renovated modern facility that can seat up to 1,100 guests and hosts such events as national touring groups and acts, live satellite broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, and movies on a state-of-the-art projection system. The Art Gallery is a venue for college and community artists and cultural events throughout the year.
Prescott Valley Event Center
The largest entertainment venue in Greater Prescott is the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley. The 135,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility, built in 2006, is a premier location for concerts, exhibitions, plays, and shows.
History, food and drink, live music, and entertainment are the calling cards of Whiskey Row in Prescott. The 100 block of South Montezuma has long been known for the many historic saloons that line the street and still do to this day.
Most of the buildings on this block were constructed between the fall of 1900 and 1905, and include Sam’l Hill Hardware Company, the Highland Hotel, Jersey Lilly Saloon, The Palace, the Levy Building, and the Hotel St. Michael. All of these buildings are constructed with permanence and appearance in styles typical of early 20th century.
Most of the color and stories of Prescott originated in this one block landmark that still celebrates that fact that it once hosted over 40 saloons. If you have ever been to Downtown Prescott and witnessed “The Row”, it would be hard to imagine that so many saloons could have fit on one block. Prior to 1877, “The Row” was rumored to have been located a couple blocks to the west of its present location. It was moved, however, due to the insistence of many of the local employers and wives, because the patrons of “The Row” had to cross a foot bridge over Granite Creek to return home and in the wet season, some would fall into this very shallow creek and drown.
Some buildings were architecturally progressive, such as Sam’l Hill Hardware Company, or architecturally outstanding, such as the Palace and the Hotel St. Michael. All present a united front to the Courthouse Plaza, resulting in a unique turn-of-the-century facade which is essentially intact today.
The City of Prescott organizes a popular Summer Concert Series on the Courthouse Plaza. The events are free and run from June through early September. The musical acts include jazz, classic rock, country, symphony, and blues. Several movies are also featured through the season for a family night out.