About the Center


New Executive Director Set to Lead the Clemens Center

Karen's Picture croppedThe Board of Trustees of the Clemens Center announced that it has hired a new Executive Director to lead the area’s premier performing arts center. Surrounded by area media, regional arts professionals and Center Trustees, Board President Michael J. Wayne introduced Karen Cromer as the fourth Executive Director in the nearly forty year history of the Center.  Read more.

Clemens Center Mission:

The purpose of the Clemens Center is to enhance the quality of life for all the region’s residents by providing a diversity of excellent performing arts programming in a superior facility.

Located in the central Southern Tier of New York State, the Clemens Center is the region’s premier performing arts center with two spectacular performance spaces. Mandeville Hall is a flexible, “black box” venue suitable for intimate performances. The majestic Powers Theater is an architectural treasure that has been newly restored to its vaudevillian-era grandeur. Magnificent murals, gold-leaf details and reconstructed opera boxes now adorn the theater just as they did when it opened in 1925. The 1,618-seat Powers Theater has been called the most beautiful theater between New York City and Buffalo – it is truly awe-inspiring! The recent renovation included expanding the stage and upgrading technical equipment, making it possible for the Clemens Center to showcase the biggest and the best in live entertainment. From blockbuster Broadway shows and dazzling dance programs to rousing rock ‘n’ roll concerts and feel-good family entertainment, the Clemens Center excites and delights audiences of all ages!

The Clemens Center is the perfect place to connect with family and friends to create memorable performance experiences that enrich, inspire and even amaze you. Our programming reflects the diverse interests of audiences around the region whose lives are enriched by music, dance, theater, comedy and more. From on-line ticketing to courteous customer service and easy parking, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free performance experience.

g7_bigBig_Piano2With the renovation and reopening of the Powers Theater, the Clemens Center is well-positioned as a highly valuable community asset rarely found in a city the size of Elmira, New York. Our mission extends beyond entertainment and into the community through school programs, subsidized facility rentals and other support programs that help thousands each year. Like the Arnot Art Museum and the National Soaring Museum, we are proud to contribute to the cultural richness of Chemung County, improving the quality of life for all who live in our area.

The Clemens Center annually leases space to more than 55 tenants in our facility. These tenants include the following performing arts organizations: Elmira Little Theatre, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Thursday Morning Musicales, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre, Common Time and New Heights Dance Theater. As “resident companies,” these organizations provide community members with opportunities to perform on a professional theater stage.