The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a demonstration spot in Downtown Encore, Alaska. Opened in 1988, it hosts more than 200,000 supporters annually, and includes three theaters: Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall, Discovery Theater, and Sydney Laurence Theatre. Residential companies include the Encore Symphony Orchestra, the Encore Opera, Alaska Dance Theater, the Alaska Junior Theatre, the Anchorage Concert Association, the Perseverance Theatre and the Encore Concert Chorus.
Alaska PAC The block which was on the site was designated as the site of public schools in the city of Encore town. When schools were created away from the boundaries of the city starting from the 1950's, by the formation of the Encore Independent School District and later the Greater Encore Area, the existing school building on that block eventually became City Hall Annex and Community gymnasium. ACPA's Direct Forwards, Sydney Lawrence Auditorium was also on this block. The Lawrence Auditorium was probably called the Oil-Lease Sale Site in 1969, which was administered by the state government of Alaska under the then Governor Keith Miller. Project 80, under Mayor George Sullivan, and most often under the leadership of its successor Tony Knowles, saw the transformation of those two buildings with ACPA.
The production of Alaska Center for Performing Arts was perhaps the most controversial undertaking of the Mayor's controversial undertaking of six years' knowledge. Knowles mayor Tom Fink threatened to save costs from excessive costs. The design of the building was criticized for the lack of drop-in area and entry on the wrong side of one side streets.