Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Metropolis Mission & History

Mission Statement

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre provides professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community.


Vision Statements

  • Lead our community as an exceptional performing arts and education center
  • Create an artistic, educational and collaborative home for performers, students and audiences members
  • Make the arts accessible to our broad and diverse community
  • Cultivate lifelong appreciation and involvement in the arts
  • Integrate the arts into the lives of our students, audiences and community members


Located in downtown Arlington Heights, IL, Metropolis is one of the Northwest suburb’s leading venues for quality entertainment ranging from a Main Stage subscription series to rock, country, comedy, and cabaret concerts. The complex is home to a 329 seat theater, four classrooms and thirteen music studios. Metropolis’ School of Performing Arts serves over 2,500 students annually through group classes, individual lessons, and seasonal performance camps. Each year, our Stories in Action! series gives more than 18,000 students an exciting theatre-going experience to enhance their school curriculum, and our Community Engagement programs bring the arts to individuals with special and different needs and seniors.

In January 2005 the Village of Arlington Heights purchased the Metropolis theater space, as well as a portion of the lobby (now known as the Whisler Family Lobby), second floor classrooms, and office space. This promising partnership reinforces Performing Arts at Metropolis’ proud leadership role in the community and the community’s great expectations of us, which Metropolis will continue to strive to meet and surpass.

Performing Arts at Metropolis DBA Metropolis Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization all donations are tax deductible. Metropolis’ tax form 990 is available free of charge to anyone who wishes to review it. To access these documents, visit or contact Director of Development, Randal Klaproth at 847.818.6393 or