How We Began:
The Compass Theater began in 1997 as a non profit organization. Our commercial theater had recently closed leaving a big gap for entertainment in our town. A group of adults and students in our community wrote a grant to the State of Alaska to provide an opportunity to develop in the youth of the community ideals of business management, marketing, responsibility, resourcefulness, and respect. The theater is a self sustaining business that reinvests all proceeds to community-based youth programs. The corporation is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. We are a 501(c) (3) organization. We strive to provide quality entertainment for kids, adults and families. The grant was awarded to purchase the equipment to open a movie theater.
Northern Nights Theater is located in the Wright Auditorium on the campus of Petersburg City Schools. The theater is a joint partnership with Petersburg Schools. The Wright Auditorium is a busy place and sometimes our movie schedule is interrupted by these wonderful shows. The Wright Auditorium is used during the days and evenings for school musical performances, assemblies, and plays performed by the students of Petersburg Elementary, Middle and High School. There are also plays presented by the Mitkof Mummers twice a year and several times a year recitals and performances by local musical and dance educators are offered. We occasionally have performances from out of town. In the past we enjoyed performances by Chubby Checkers and George Winston right here in Petersburg!
We have a staff of students and a volunteer board comprised of students and adults. We are always looking for adults to serve on our board. All the student employees are also members of the Compass Board. We have an adult theater manager and assistant manager, one of whom is on staff whenever a movie is shown. Our movies are on a traveling circuit through Southeast Alaska allowing us to receive recently released titles. We hope you enjoy the movies and don’t forget the popcorn!