Located in the heart of Harrisburg’s historic Old Midtown district, The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC) is a 34,000 sq. ft. multi–venue arts and entertainment complex. Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, H*MAC began life in the early 1900s as Harrisburg’s first Jewish Community Center, and also served as the city’s Police Athletic League building in the 1970s. The H*MAC project was begun in 2007, with the purchase and renovation of the long vacant structure. Guided by an overarching vision to reclaim and repurpose many of Harrisburg’s elegant historic structures, the H*MAC project has become one of the cornerstones of the revitalization of Midtown Harrisburg. The H*MAC building currently houses three venues, which provide patrons with a variety of options for dining, entertainment, and enjoyment of the arts:
The Stage on Herr: The first of the venues to open to the public, The Stage on Herr is a 200 capacity nightclub and gallery space that was opened in 2007. The Stage on Herr offers a diverse program of concerts, DJ events, theatrical productions, and spoken word events, and is the only stage in the region to host no less than four separate members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Kitchen & Gallery Bar: Housed in the original meeting space for the Jewish Community Center, The Kitchen & Gallery Bar is a 150 seat restaurant and bar, serving up Southern inspired takes on familiar dishes. The fare is presented in a “fast casual” environment, which is designed to service both serious diners, as well as those coming to one of the numerous events that H*MAC offers. The Gallery Bar is furnished and decorated with a number of unique reclaimed materials, and offers regularly rotating shows of both local and regional artists.
The Capitol Room: The heart of the H*MAC project is the building’s turn of the century art deco ballroom, rechristened as The Capitol Room. The venue’s current configuration and capacity of 800 makes it an ideal and unique space for concerts, parties, theatrical events, fundraisers, and weddings. With its vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and VIP mezzanine, the Capitol Room is the only venue of its kind in the region.