The Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) is building a legacy as an important link in Dallas’ cultural history. It is a charming building near the Bishop Arts District that offers comfortable seating for theatergoers with the privacy of balcony suites, truly an intimate theater experience.
The building was erected in 1914 as the Bluebird Theatre, a silent movie house. It operated until shortly after 1922 when the Rosewin Theater opened right around the corner on Jefferson Blvd. The building still stands with a faux log front and became an auto repair shop until it was purchased by a well known Dallas photographer. For many years the property was dilapidated until the building was donated to BATC in September 2005 by one of its longtime patrons. Renovations began in 2006 and were completed in 2008. Today the facility includes a 170-seat proscenium theatre with dressing rooms, executive offices, box office/concession area, art gallery, learning laboratory for arts education programs and an arts business incubator center for cultural organizations to rent affordable office space.
The BATC is an eco-friendly facility that bans spray painting, uses non-toxic cleaning agents and compact fluorescent light bulbs, substitutes paper flyers with email notices, and recycling bins are placed throughout the office areas.
The theater’s excellent acoustics is ideal for plays, concerts, seminars, films, and conferences. The upstairs balcony suites are well suited for private parties and receptions.
From ballet folkloric dancers to fine art exhibits, the Bishop Arts Theatre Center has hosted an array of arts disciplines. BATC impacts more than 20,000 children and their families each year via our seasonal performances and student outreach programs. Call 214-948-0716 for rental rates today.