Reif Performing Arts Center


Grand Rapids, MN


Renovation and addition


15,500 sf Addition, 36,500 sf Renovation

For more than three decades, the Reif Performing Arts Center has provided arts programs in theater, dance, and music in northern Minnesota. Over the years, its facility grew cramped and worn. Alliiance’s renovation and expansion of the existing building responded to contemporary production and audience needs, enhanced new arts programs, and addressed functional and accessibility deficiencies that limited program development.

Anchored by the existing theater, the design creates an inviting new lobby that integrates a new studio theater, various dance and music program improvements, enhanced public services for box office, new and expanded restrooms, and concessions. The fly loft of the existing theater was expanded and new seating and theatrical systems were provided.

The new glass lobby contrasts and complements the cedar-clad main theater. Together with the studio theater and dance entrance, the unified ensemble harmonizes with the center’s wooded setting in northern Minnesota.