From the long-ago days of reading and recess to today’s activities of performers and painters, the Simpsonville Arts Center is the newest gem of the Upstate.

    Built in 1939, the building on 110 Academy Street that once housed the former Simpsonville Elementary School has both kept all the charm of its history while having new life breathed into it during a recent renovation. Added to that charm are a brand-new performing arts auditorium complete with a state of the art high-tech audio-visual system, generous lobby featuring 9 gallery areas to exhibit art, large box office and a concessions area.

    On top of all that the updated auditorium offers, the Arts Center also boasts six classrooms at about 600 sq. ft. each with multiple large windows that allow natural light to fill the space. Original hardwood floors, high ceilings and wainscoting add to the magic of the rooms, which are available for monthly rental to visual and performing artists.

    At the other end of the building is the old gymnasium, which is undergoing renovations to become a premier event space. With the new HVAC system to be installed, the original wood bleachers from the 1930s, the wood slatted ceiling and the beautiful wood floors, this will be the perfect spot for that special event: wedding receptions, fundraising, auctions, family reunions and large group gatherings – all for the public to use! Rental packages for use of the classrooms, auditorium and entire Arts Center are currently being developed so stay tuned!

    As part of the Simpsonville Arts Center’s commitment to bringing quality performing arts to the area, the Mill Town Players, a community theatre recognized for its quality productions at affordable prices, is the company in residence at the Arts Center. With their original location in the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, Simpsonville is the second location for the community theatre.

    The slate of shows for the Inaugural Season at the Arts Center is impressive with the first production opening July 22nd – the epic musical “Children of Eden.”

    Other shows in the season include “Honk the Musical,” “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “The Miracle Worker.”

    For ticket information, call 864-947-8000.

    If you would like to know more about the Simpsonville Arts Center or are interested in renting a classroom, please contact Melissa Sturgis at