Welcome to the Edward C. Smith Civic Center
The Edward C. Smith Civic Center is Lexington’s premier historical theatre located in the heart of uptown Lexington on Main Street.
The Civic Center is available to rent as a special events venue for private parties, business meetings and conferences, weddings, receptions, corporate events, benefits and more.
The Civic Center opened its doors as the Carolina Theatre on December 13, 1948, with a showing of “Paleface.” The price of admission was 36 cents. The Smith Civic Center is one of the few remaining Carolina Theatres in existence today. Serving as the cultural anchor of the revitalized historic district of Uptown Lexington, the Civic Center has served many generations and looks forward to serving many more. Would you like to sponsor one of our events at The Smith? Check out this Sponsorship Information and see how you can make a difference right here in Lexington!
From The Smith:
At the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, we believe Black Lives Matter. We do not condone racism, discrimination and oppression. It is our responsibility to provide a space where all individuals feel a sense of security in sharing their creativity through art, motion and music. In order to ensure a complete, c
reative experience within our community, we are committed to the necessary advancement required to provide total equity, acceptance and inclusion for everyone in our community. This includes our staff, patrons, community partners and Board of Directors. Everyone, from all walks of life, are always welcomed at “The Smith.”
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