Mission Statement & History
KPC enriches, educates, and entertains through performances that ignite the imagination and connect audiences and artists.
The notion of building a theatre in Kirkland germinated from Village Theatre’s search for a new facility in the mid-1980s. Community and business leaders came together to create a home for the company in Kirkland by building a new theatre in Kirkland’s picturesque downtown, within easy walking distance of Kirkland’s many fine restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Village Theatre secured a facility in Issaquah, leaving the founders in Kirkland to decide in which direction to go. The campaign to build Kirkland Performance Center was the work of hundreds of volunteers and visionary leaders who, over a ten-year period, raised $5,800,000 from nearly one thousand donors, including government agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals. All of these contributors were motivated to bring the highest quality, professional music, theatre and dance to the Eastside.
By early 1997 the capital campaign was completed and, in partnership with the City of Kirkland, construction began. A week of Opening Celebration events kicked off the theatre in a big way in June of 1998.
Designed by Becker Architects, our 402-seat theatre is spacious, yet retains an intimate feel. The farthest seat is just 13 rows - 40 feet - from the stage; the steep rake of the house provides excellent sightlines throughout the theatre. The seats are ample with extra leg room for comfortable seating. The acoustics in the theatre are designed to work equally well for both music and the spoken word.