uptown butte

The large spaces, beautiful architecture, and historical feel of the Covellite Theater is a perfect venue to host your event.

  • Two Stories
  • 300-Seat Theater
  • Lounge Area with Bar
  • 1 Large Stage
  • 1 Small Stage
  • Chairs & Tables


Choose between two of our accommodating stages. Play upstairs on a 600 square-foot stage in a 300-seat theater (500 capacity with dance floor). For a more intimate setting use the downstairs space with tables, chairs, and a bar. All upstairs shows will be live streamed to the lounge area for maximum patron convenience. We have the best sounding room in Butte thanks to our professionally installed Meyer sound system and wireless capable sound board. Musicians and crew can relax in our large private green room complete with a full bathroom.


We are set up to screen a variety of formats on our HD projector, 20 foot screen, and world class sound system. We can simultaneously play the same film in the lounge for movie goers who prefer to socialize while viewing. Come watch your film on the BIG screen.


Our large 600 square feet stage is great for live theatre. Use it for rehearsals, recitals, and your big performance. The backstage area is large and accommodating for cast and costume changes and has a private bathroom. For a smaller venue rent the stage on our lower level.

Corporate Events

Whether you’re accommodating 10 people or 300, we have the perfect space for your corporate events. Our integrated projection and sound system is perfect for power point and similar presentations. Conduct a conference or host a company party at the Covellite Theatre in historic Uptown Butte.

Weddings & Receptions

The stunning and illustrious feel of the Covellite Theatre is a lovely place to host your wedding or reception. Complete with a bar downstairs, a stage and dance floor, the Covellite Theatre will bring a historic romantic element to your big day.

The Covellite originated as the First Presbyterian Church and was completed in 1896. The detailed sandstone and granite stonework with pronounced gothic architecture was a great improvement from the original wooden church that stood at the same site. Giant timber framed trusses hold up the roof and the ceiling is ornately crafted to maximize sound resonance.

In 1957 the Presbyterians left the Covellite for a new building.  The original pipe organ and bells from the belfry were taken with them at that time. Around 1959 a theatre group occupied the space and called it “The Old Garden Court Theatre,” though their group seems to have dissipated by 1963. For the next thirty years the building would mostly sit vacant.

In the mid 1980’s, money was granted to put on a new roof, install insulation and repair the original stained glass windows amongst other general repairs. Though some work was being done, no one was utilizing the space for anything except storage. Some of the grant work was not completed and the stained glass windows have never gone back into the building to date.

In the mid 1990’s a family from Butte bought the building with the intention of creating a grand live theatre venue. They are responsible for the name and commissioned Weitzel Signs, of Butte, to build the Covellite marquee. They also updated electrical service and greatly improved interior aesthetics. The Covellite only ran a couple seasons before the owners’ paths led to other ventures and it became vacant once again.

Since 2015 the current owners have tried to focus on making the building as multi purpose as possible. Recent improvements to the audio and video systems have made the space compatible with many events. The Covellite is now managed by a nonprofit organization that will facilitate any foreseeable event that will benefit the community of Butte and Southwest Montana.


Want to host your event or show at the Covellite Theatre?

Email us at thecovellite@gmail.com and we will get right back to you!

Covellite Theatre
215 W Broadway St
Butte, Montana 59701