History & Mission


The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, public, and private events.


The Village Project

In the late 1990s, a citizens group coalesced around "The Village Project," envisioning a home for a variety of events and organizations, including community theater, dance recitals, religious services, or business training events. Even then the need for such a facility was clear, and those involved recognized the importance of a centralized location such as the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue.


The project remained in the idea stage until 2007, when local developers proposed a public-private partnership that would facilitate financing and construction of the theater. The private portion of the project includes an adjacent six-floor residential and commercial facility. The lobby and elevators are shared.

Heart of the Community

The renewed interest in this project followed completion of a two-level parking deck and extensive remodeling and expansion of the Coralville Public Library in 2005. The parking deck is shared by the library and Center for the Performing Arts, providing an excellent maximization of space in the heart of the community.


The center opened in August 2011 and offers a diverse lineup of performances, as well as affordable, accessible rental space for performing arts groups, businesses, and residents of the greater Johnson County area.