The Pablo Center at the Confluence

Progress of the Pablo Center

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.

Pablo Center at the Confluence construction updates

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