Following the collapse of the roof due to heavy snow in January 1993, Durango was left without a performing arts facility that could house community performance groups as well as college groups. As a result Fort Lewis College (FLC) developed a plan with state and local officials to replace the auditorium with a first class facility that would be available to community groups as well as college music performances. The Community Concert Hall (CCH) was opened in 1997.
Originally planned to house the San Juan Symphony, Music in the Mountains, the Durango Choral Society and FLC performances, community interest grew and the CCH became host to many other community performance groups including the Durango Poetry Gathering, Durango Arts Center, Dance in the Rockies, Bella Dance Company and KSUT public radio. This model lasted about two years as interest in the facility grew to include touring artists. Along with the groups mentioned above, the CCH added a presenting season consisting of an average of 35 performance per year. In addition, community use has grown to include the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras, Durango Dance, Ballet Durango, Southwest Business Forum, Wells Group Realty annual meeting, FLC Native American Center, Southwest Civic Winds, FLC Admissions, FLC Common Reading Experience, Durango Dharma Center, Animas High School, Pueblo Community College, KDUR Community Radio and a variety of community renters. The CCH also serves as a ticket outlet for users of our facility along with the Strater Theatre, Merely Players Theatre and the Durango Arts Center. With 600 seats and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, the CCH is the premiere and largest performing arts facility in the nine county region.