$750,000 donation pushes renovation work on Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium forward

Photo Courtesy: City of Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A decades old building in Idaho Falls will be getting an upgrade thanks to a $750,000 donation, matched by funding from the City of Idaho Falls.

The City of Idaho Falls says a donation from William J. Maeck and their matched funding of $400,000 will be used to renovate the interior of the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium with new seating, improved acoustics, new paint, a new electronic marquee sign on Holmes Avenue and replacing the lighting dimmer system, carpet, sound shells, and baffles.

“Phase one is primarily addressing what the theater folks call ‘front of the house’ concern,” Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said. “In future years, additional phases are anticipated to address ‘back of the house’ matters. This seems like a lot of work and it comes with a hefty price tag, but it is important to remember that this well-used facility has been serving this community for decades. It’s certainly time for the community to return a little love. I could not be more grateful to Mr. Maeck for his generosity in launching the first phase.”


The Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium was built in 1952 on 501 S. Holmes Avenue.