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City of Manistee
70 Maple Street
Manistee, MI 49660
Ph: (231) 723-2558
Welcome to the Historic Ramsdell Theatre and Community Arts Center
Ramsdell Theatre and Cultural Center
Michael Terry
Executive Director

101 Maple St.
Mailing Address: 70 Maple St.
Manistee, MI  49660

Ph: (231) 398-9770

Historic Past, Bright Future

Historic Landmark
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Ramsdell has served the Michigan coastal community of Manistee for over a 100 years. Built in 1903 by local lawyer and philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the Theatre and Grand Ballroom were designed by re-known Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman. The Theatre was comparable to the best opera and vaudeville houses at the time of its construction and though extensively renovated over the years, retains much of its original architecture and charm. Visit our History page for more on this facilities historic past.

Community Arts Center
Today the Ramsdell is a vibrant center for arts in West Michigan, home to the Manistee Civic Players and the Manistee Art Institute, the facility plays host to over 200 plus events each year. In addition to musicals, plays and workshops, arts exhibits and classes, the Ramsdell is known for Metropolitan Opera Live Broadcasts, music concerts, dance recitals, weddings and hosting community events like the annual Festival of Trees produced by the Manistee Chamber of Commerce. 

Our Bright Future
With the support of businesses, foundations and the residents of West Michigan, the Ramsdell Theatre and Community Arts Center continues to bring our community together to learn and engage with one another through the arts, cultural activity and stewardship of its historic past. We hope you'll join us in making The Ramsdell a meaningful and significant part of your community experience, its part of what makes Manistee a great place to live and visit!