Located in uptown Butte, the Covellite Theater is known as one of the premier concert and event spaces in the city.
The theater holds two event spaces, including the main stage and the Uptown Lounge stage. Together, the two theater spaces welcome up to 500 patrons at a time.
The main stage is a more typical concert space with comfortable theater-style seating, while the Uptown Lounge has that bar vibe, complete with comfy couches, bar stools, and casual dining tables. Beer, wine, canned cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase at the Lounge.
The current nonprofit owners have focused their efforts on creating a multi-functional space, functioning as a concert space and rental venue for events in the community.
The audio and video systems have been updated for high-quality performance options, as well as film viewings, workshops, and talks.
Covellite Theater History
The Covellite Theater is housed in what was once the First Presbyterian Church, built between 1896 and 1897.
Butte took shape with many commercial buildings and five major churches around that time, including the Gothic Revival style First Presbyterian. The building was commissioned by the Church in 1878, by prominent architect, H. M. Patterson. Patterson designed many of Butte’s incredible buildings of the day.
First Presbyterian Church was given a large Gothic arched window at the front, a rose window on the west, and bright redwood paneling doors set into the arched stone casements.
The striking building also has a large corner bell tower and slight crenelated brick towers on each corner, that look a bit like chimneys.
The building has been through many changes over its 125+ years of existence and today is Butte’s premier event venue, becoming the Covellite Theater in the 1990s.
Covellite Theater Details
The intimate Uptown Lounge event space and medium-sized theater mainstage at the Covellite welcome guests year-round for their incredible lineup of artists and events. Connect with management for info by any means below.
- 215 W Broadway St, Butte, MT
- Uptown Lounge Capacity: 150 people
- Theater Capacity: 350 seats
- (406) 498- 6869
- Season: Year-round
- Open hours: 10 am to 2 am
Shows & Events
The Covellite Theater hosts a wide range of events and concerts on its two stages.
The Uptown Lounge, the smaller of the two stages, is the more casual lounging space where you can grab a beer or cocktail and kick back with the show. The main stage, though, is just as comfortable and easy-going, with a larger capacity of 350 seats.
Acts at the Covellite range across many genres of music, from country to rock, jazz, and hip hop, among others. In the past, shows like The Elovaters, Hemlock, Igor & Red Elvises, Scooter Brown Band, Jeff Crosby & the Refugees, and Tall Tall Trees.
The most recent shows at Covellite were Okey Dokey, a three-man band, playing March 25, 2022, and Dante Elephante, solo act, on March 26.
Upcoming shows include the 420 Eve Party and Sadistik on April 19 and the Satsang Duo on April 20.
The Covellite hosts annual events as well, including the Covellite Showcase (June 3-4, 2022) with music, food, art, and tours. They also host benefits for various charities, including Rock the Pit, a benefit for mental health and depression.
Every September, the Covellite transforms into the home of the Covellite International Film Festival. During the festival, over 100 films, features, narratives, documentaries, and shorts are screened by contributors from across the world.
To see upcoming shows and dates, check the theater’s website or Facebook page.