Welcome to the Edward C. Smith Civic Center

In accordance with current CDC guidelines for Small and Large Gatherings that we host at The Smith, these are our latest requirements, updated on Oct 21, 2021:
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Please refer to the CDC website for further clarification. 
Thank you for caring about others and doing your best to stay safe.


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, creative 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.”


Interested in the full history of the Edward C. Smith Civic Center? Click here to learn more!


The mission of the Edward C. Smith Civic Center is to offer and support activities that enrich community, culture and the arts.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take two minutes to watch our film and please consider giving a tax deductible gift to help us sustain our operations, knowing that we have had to cancel or postpone all events from March 2020 until July 2021

Announcing Showcase @The Smith:
A podcast through The Smith to recognize and promote our North Carolina artists, patrons, and organizations. The series will consist of episodes ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour, and will be posted on platforms including Apple’s Podcast Service, Spotify, and through our Facebook and Instagram Pages.