The $51 million state-of-the-art Pablo Center at the Confluence will replace UW-Eau Claire's Kjer Theatre and the community's State Theatre, which are both considered obsolete. The new arts center will provide much-needed rehearsal, teaching and support space for the university's theater program and a significantly larger performance venue for its nationally renowned music program. The arts center also will be able to host concerts, performances and Broadway-style touring shows that no current campus or community venue can support.
The arts center is a key component of the overall Confluence Project, a unique public-private development in a once-blighted area of downtown Eau Claire. Located on prime real estate less than a mile from UW-Eau Claire at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, the Confluence Project includes Haymarket Landing, a mixed-use building consisting of first-floor retail and commercial space and a five-story apartment complex above that houses about 375 UW-Eau Claire students in fully furnished apartments; the Pablo Center at the Confluence, a shared university-community facility; and a public plaza and pedestrian-bicycle pathway along the rivers.
Pablo Center at the Confluence venues and spaces include:
- a 1,200-seat theater/concert hall, a 400-seat theater and a 250-seat flexible-use space.
- visual arts galleries
- scene, prop and costume shops, dressing rooms, and back-of-the-house operations
- a dance studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and a recording studio
- faculty offices
- the Visit Eau Claire tourism center.
Haymarket Landing opened in summer 2016. The Pablo Center at the Confluence and public plaza are scheduled to be completed in late summer 2018.