Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2919 W International Airport
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: (907) 243-8080
Fax: (907) 243-8100
This annual festival showcases local and international musicians like Laurence Nugent, Michael O'Hare and his step dancers and Jim Belcher. These artistes and others create a fun-loving experience for locals and guests to enjoy. Concerts and events each year are held in the West High School and the Regal Alaskan Hotel. For detailed information, please call or see the Web site. Admission prices depend on the event and tickets can disappear quickly.
This combined eatery/movie theater/pub has seating both in the lobby (for the enjoyment of the full service kitchen) and in front of the movie screen. While dining on Moose's Tooth beer on tap and southwestern-style cuisine, patrons can relax and enjoy the movie. Balcony seating is limited to viewers under the age of 21. Dinner and drink service is discreetly provided throughout the films. Call or visit the Web site for current shows and times.
Since opening in 1970, this bar has grown in size and notoriety. With sawdust floors, three stages, three dance floors, eight bars and tree stump bar stools, it has hosted: the Romantics, Megadeth, Aerosmith, Journey, Bad Company, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ratt, Blues Traveler and the Steve Miller Band. This bar has been discussed by David Letterman, used as a backdrop for the MTV Street Party show, noted on ESPN and highlighted on the Johnny Carson Show. Onsite Sal's New York Grill offers reasonably priced bar fare. The doors open at 10:30a daily.
West High School Auditorium has been serving as a center for performing arts since 52 years. With its central location the site was easily accessible and hence served the purpose well. The Auditorium is also well known for its unique orchestra pit which could be raised and lowered. After serving for so long the auditorium now needs to be renovated. The auditorium has a restoration campaign on its agenda. People are invited to contribute towards this. Major donors will receive recognition by getting their names engraved on the donor wall and a commemorative DVD.
Although originally designed for lectures, the acoustics in this 232-seat room are so exceptional that it has become a bona fide performance venue. Folk singers Dave Van Ronk, Ellis Paul and Carrie Newcomer have all performed in this intimate setting recently. Small performances such as solo harpsichord concerts will be held here for its chamber-like feel. For further information regarding future performances and ticket information, please call or visit the website.
A typical season for this local dance company exceeds 40 performances (in addition to the annual repertory)! This company collaborates with other art organizations such as the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Concert Chorus and the Anchorage Opera in performances. Past performances have included the annual "Nutcracker," "Carmina Burana" and "Hansel & Gretel." It is the largest statewide, non-profit organization providing training and professional performances. For performance schedules, tickets and further information, call or check the Web site.
One mile from downtown and at the corner of Fireweed and Gambell, this seven-screen facility is allegedly the largest THX house in Alaska. It includes an arcade, a large, oval refreshment stand and plenty of parking. Part of the Regal Cinemas, call or check the Web site for show listings and times.
Since 1954 this community theater has brought in professional actors such as Boris Karloff, Lee Sullivan and Will Rogers, Jr. to perform. In addition, this theater group has created a theatre school providing training and theatre opportunities for local children and adults. For a schedule of performances and to price or purchase tickets, please call or view the Web site.
This arena, opened in 1983, has held past concerts including Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith and No Doubt. It is also home to performances by Champions on Ice, sporting events such as the annual Great Alaskan Shootout basketball playoffs and the Anchorage Aces' hockey games. Family travel and home shows, University commencement ceremonies and many more events are also held here. Stadium seating for 8,000 holds the largest audience in Anchorage. For more information about events, tickets and location, call or visit the Web site.
Located on the second floor of the Dimond Center, home to over 200 shops and businesses, this cinema lives up a floor and around the corner from the ice skating rink, gym and bowling alley. The nine theatres here utilize the new digital THX sound system resulting in a combination of current technology and convenient location. Part of the Regal Cinemas; call or check the website for show listings and times.
The Discovery Theatre, one of the venues housed at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, is a one-of-a-kind gem. It's spectacular design, which features expansive curves, silver seats and trimming, and UFO-shaped acoustic pick-ups, gives it a modern, futuristic feel. The theater is also recognized for its layout, which provides excellent views for all 700 seats in the house. So whether you're in the orchestra or the mezzanine, you're guaranteed a good view. The theater houses a variety of wonderful shows throughout the year. See website for more information.
Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall is the largest venue in the Alaska Center. The acoustics are sensitive and the center is prominently created differently. Over 2,000 people can be seated at a time and the theatre consists of three levels orchestra, mezzanine and balcony. It is named after the famous historian and author Evangeline Atwood.