Quality Suites Historic Downtown
325 W. 8th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 274-1000
Fax: (907) 274-3016
Beginning in 1989, each year dozens of international teams work feverishly for 48-hours to turn blocks of ice into a work of art. Using chainsaws, chisels and other tools, the sculptors are fascinating to watch and always draw a large crowd. Only skill and time limit the artists who produce a wide variety of pieces from life-size wildlife, angels or architectural designs. Be sure to check out the sculptures at night as they are lit up by colored lights that reflect through the ice. There is no admission charge.
Part of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, this theatre has a 350-seat capacity and is acoustically suited for a variety of events such as chamber music, plays, dance performances and films. The schedule of performances includes The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Cineventures, "Alaska's Gallery of Light" and others. The Sydney Laurence Theatre is an ideal venue for small, upscale events. Please visit the website or call for current prices and a schedule of performances.
The Discovery Theatre, one of the venues housed at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, is a one-of-a-kind gem. It's spectacular design, which features expansive curves, silver seats and trimming, and UFO-shaped acoustic pick-ups, gives it a modern, futuristic feel. The theater is also recognized for its layout, which provides excellent views for all 700 seats in the house. So whether you're in the orchestra or the mezzanine, you're guaranteed a good view. The theater houses a variety of wonderful shows throughout the year. See website for more information.
Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall is the largest venue in the Alaska Center. The acoustics are sensitive and the center is prominently created differently. Over 2,000 people can be seated at a time and the theatre consists of three levels orchestra, mezzanine and balcony. It is named after the famous historian and author Evangeline Atwood.
This small theatre offers a constant stream of productions including cultural and classical cinema. It received the Governor's Arts Award in 1997. Recent billings include such classics as "The Young Man From Atlanta," "Woman of Will," "Down the Road," "The Delaney Sisters," and "Three Sisters". You will find amazing quality within this charming theatre. Visit the adjoining cafe, which serves gourmet snacks, beer and wine in a coffee house environment. Call for times, tickets and prices at the office.
You can watch a film on a 180-degree wrap-around screen. View the 40-minute Omni Theater film Alaska the Greatland. The breathtaking 70mm-film-footage from all over the state. Then, experience the earth shaking from a replicated earthquake while standing in the "safequake" replication room. A gift shop is on site.
Since 1981, this non-profit organization has been providing professional theatre to Alaska's youth. Offering field trip performances for 25,000 children each year, the group has produced The Jungle Book, The Velveteen Rabbit, Aladdin, A Thousand Cranes and more, often in conjunction with the classroom. With a waiting list every year, it is an in-demand, yet affordable, theatre. For more information regarding performances, costs and reservations, please call or see the Web site.
This arena, opened in 1983, has held past concerts including Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith and No Doubt. It is also home to performances by Champions on Ice, sporting events such as the annual Great Alaskan Shootout basketball playoffs and the Anchorage Aces' hockey games. Family travel and home shows, University commencement ceremonies and many more events are also held here. Stadium seating for 8,000 holds the largest audience in Anchorage. For more information about events, tickets and location, call or visit the Web site.
West High School Auditorium has been serving as a center for performing arts since 52 years. With its central location the site was easily accessible and hence served the purpose well. The Auditorium is also well known for its unique orchestra pit which could be raised and lowered. After serving for so long the auditorium now needs to be renovated. The auditorium has a restoration campaign on its agenda. People are invited to contribute towards this. Major donors will receive recognition by getting their names engraved on the donor wall and a commemorative DVD.
Since opening in 1970, this bar has grown in size and notoriety. With sawdust floors, three stages, three dance floors, eight bars and tree stump bar stools, it has hosted: the Romantics, Megadeth, Aerosmith, Journey, Bad Company, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ratt, Blues Traveler and the Steve Miller Band. This bar has been discussed by David Letterman, used as a backdrop for the MTV Street Party show, noted on ESPN and highlighted on the Johnny Carson Show. Onsite Sal's New York Grill offers reasonably priced bar fare. The doors open at 10:30a daily.
The Anchorage Opera has been operating—albeit under alternative names—for almost 50 years in Alaska and is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in the state. Comprised of mostly volunteers and talented Alaskan artists, the innovative company prides itself on presenting high quality opera, professional productions, and a little class to the wild, untamed life Alaskans lead. In addition to its regular season, the company takes condensed, kid-friendly shows to area schools and villages. All performances take place accompanied by full-sized orchestra in the intimate 700 seat Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.check website for performance listings.
One mile from downtown and at the corner of Fireweed and Gambell, this seven-screen facility is allegedly the largest THX house in Alaska. It includes an arcade, a large, oval refreshment stand and plenty of parking. Part of the Regal Cinemas, call or check the Web site for show listings and times.