Gillette, WY Culture Overview
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
“There’s nothing to do” is a phrase rarely heard in Gillette, and with good reason. The city and Campbell County offer dozens of outdoor recreational activities, but those looking for arts and entertainment find no shortage of options.
People from around the region, state and country routinely head here for shows, concerts, rodeos and more at the CAM-PLEX, the state’s premier multiuse facility. Rodeo grounds, RV campgrounds, a horse racetrack, 21-acre park and picnic area highlight the facility’s outdoor offerings. The 1,100-acre complex also contains seven buildings, including the new Wyoming Center, a 177,000-square-foot facility that can be split into three smaller spaces, and can seat 3,000 people for dinner or 9,000 for a spectator event. It also houses an NHL-size ice rink with seating for 2,500 spectators, a 919-seat proscenium theater and room for trade shows with as many as 650 booths. The CAM-PLEX Heritage Center is a premiere arts facility. It features a multi-use stage in a 919-seat theater, which has hosted Broadway productions, concerts, dancing performances and school programs. Outside the theater is a gallery that displays national, regional and local works of art.
A Place for Art
The AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) Community Art Center, located in the heart of the city, is a non-profit organization that hosts a variety of exhibitions. Each summer the center is home to the Community Art Show, where any local artists may put their work on display. You'll also find a variety of art classes at AVA. The classes range from pottery and painting to birdhouse making and sculpting. The center is a great place for children's birthday parties, offering themes such as glamour models, superheroes, monsters, space, Dr. Seuss and dinosaurs. AVA members can receive special discounts on art classes and supplies and advanced notice and invitations to special events.
Let's go to the Movies
There are two places to catch currrent blockbuster movies in Gillette. The Foothills Theater, located on Highway 14, is open year-round and features all stadium seating. The theater typically shows eight new releases each week and always includes a mix of flicks that range from family comedies to adult thrillers. Sky Hi Cinema located on Shosoni Avenue, offers a drive-in experience. It's closed during the winter months, but is a popular destination during the spring and summer.