About Mother Lode Theatre
Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Butte! The Mother Lode Theatre was built in 1923 as the 1,200-seat Temple Theatre by the Masonic Bodies. It was later leased to 20th Century Fox, and then fell into disrepair due to the Great Depression and decline of the movie industry. In the later nineties, the Masons donated the theatre to the city; so, the community banded together to form a nonprofit, The Butte Center for the Performing Arts, and raised over $3 million to repair it. All this effort paid off with the completion of the reconstructed theatre in 1996, which was then renamed Mother Lode to reflect Butte’s rich mining heritage.
Today, the Butte Center for the Performing Arts aims to inspire, educate and entertain audiences with the finest venue for the performing arts and a wide range of excellent and artistically significant programs. The Mother Lode Theatre is home to the Mother Lode Series, the Butte Community Concert and Symphony, Montana Repertory Theatre, Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre, and numerous local, state and national performances.