Our History

Through their ownership of the Mishler Theatre, the Blair County Arts Foundation (BCAF) is preserving one of the remaining links to the area’s cultural past. This grand facility has served as the area’s performing arts center since 1906 and is currently home to Altoona Community Theatre and Altoona Symphony Orchestra.

As a presenter of cultural programming, the BCAF offers area residents high quality and widely diverse opportunities. Renowned featured artists like Mandy Patinkin join the impressive roster of Mishler stars that includes greats Sara Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, Al Jolsen, Helen Hayes, Anna Pavolwa, and John Phillip Sousa.

National touring company productions of “A Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Odd Couple” starring Jamie Farr and William Christoper, have energized audiences and continue to uphold the Mishler’s rich tradition of live theatrical experiences.

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