Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

About Metropolis Performing Arts

About Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The theater houses 329-seats which hosts hundreds of produced and presented performances each year including a Main Stage subscription series and a variety of concerts, comedy, and cabarets.

The Metropolis School of Performing Arts enriches the lives of thousands of students ranging from toddlers to seniors; our school curates arts curriculum for students of all ages including those with special and different needs.


  • Metropolis Produces as well as presents shows totaling hundreds of performances each year
  • Over 50,000 patrons visit Metropolis annually
  • Metropolis has welcomed musical artists like The Bacon Brothers, Joan Baez, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Bo Deans, Koko Taylor, and more
  • Metropolis hosts thousands of school children per year with the Stories in Action series


  • Offers low cost options and need-based scholarships
  • All ages are welcome - the school has hosted students from 8 months old to 91 years young
  • Through the Artist Workshop Series - Students have worked with cast of Jersey Boys and Wicked, George Winston, Shawn Mullins, Liz Callaway and more
  • Metropolis offers summer, winter and spring performance camps for grades K-12


  • Provides top-quality co-curricular and extra-curricular performing arts education experiences through in- and after-school programming and throughout the community
  • Metropolis has served 94 different communities and organizations from park districts, schools and public agencies
  • Over 15,000 individuals, including children, teens, seniors and those with special needs have been engaged through our programming
  • Programs are offered at low- to no-cost and are either pre-existing or custom designed for clients
  • Programs for children and adults that focus on social, artistic and intellectual development, utilizing playwriting, acting, improvisation, voice, music, movement and a variety of other arts-related techniques


  • According to an independent study commissioned by the Village of Arlington Heights Metropolis generates several million dollars of economic impact annually at local restaurants and other area businesses. This does not include Metropolis’ ticket sales
  • Over 70% of households that visit Metropolis come from a neighboring community
  • Metropolis donates tickets to hundreds of different non-profits each year