To ensure we are offering the safest environment possible for our patrons, entertainers, musicians, and volunteers, Gendron Franco Center will require all audience members (ages 5 and above) to show identification and proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to attending any upcoming performances. (A PCR test is one administered by a testing center, a pharmacy, or by your healthcare provider). We cannot accept results from a home test.

All patrons must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while moving around in the venue. We understand that in order to enjoy the performances and beverages at events in Heritage Hall that it is not possible to wear a mask at all times. In the Performance Hall, if people are not seated in front of you, you can remove the mask during the performance. However, in both cases, please remember to wear your mask whenever you are not in your seat. The safety of our patrons, entertainers, and crew is our priority.

All of us at GFC hope we can ease these restrictions once sufficient progress has been made in reducing transmission of the COVID virus. Until then, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Support the Gendron Franco Center—the place to be for performances, weddings, family gatherings, meetings, cultural programs and more! In order to protect our audiences and performers, CDC guidelines in place at the time of each event will be followed. Advertised price includes a processing fee.


The Gendron Franco Center provides a welcoming, elegant and fun setting for all weddings and receptions. Our magnificent Performance Hall/Wedding Chapel is like no other. Our reception hall comfortably seats between 50 and 200 guests for a sit-down buffet meal. We can provide you with a list of caterers who offer a wide variety of delicious banquet options. Weddings at the Franco Center


With French classes, clubs and programs for children and adults from 4 to 104, the Gendron Franco Center takes pride in its mission to celebrate and preserve Franco-American heritage, culture and language, while welcoming the cultures of all those living in and around the region and connecting with the Francophone world. Learn more about French Classes and Events


L/A’s Franco Center provides a welcoming, elegant and professional setting for family gatherings, corporate meetings, conferences, business expos, social events and artistic performances and presentations. The Center provides the perfect place for any unique event. Our Performance/Lecture Hall is like no other, with seating for 430! Our versatile reception venue comfortably seats between 50 and 250. Hall rental for meetings and functions


Become a season underwriter or sponsor. We bring quality entertainment and countless cultural and educational programs to people of all ages. It is through the generosity of the people of Maine and beyond that make it possible for this non-profit to continue its important work. We make a difference in the lives of individuals, organizations, businesses and more, from all quarters! Donate to the Franco Center


We celebrate arts and culture by hosting dozens of performances every year ranging from classical works to comedy to popular music and more. After closing St. Mary’s church in 2000, it was deconsecrated and the Franco-American Heritage Center (now the Gendron Franco Center) was established as the magnificent performing arts and cultural center and events venue that it is today. Our Mission & History



St. Jean Baptiste Day celebration at St. Mary's Church in Lewiston

The Center is fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors, a professional staff and many wonderful and giving volunteers. Meet us


Global, National USA, State of Maine and Local Networks. We are committed to our continued and growing involvement with a number of arts/culture and Franco-related networks.Explore Our Global Network


Take an image tour of our photo and video gallery to see the many performance and program events. See the Gallery

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