Plan your visit

We seek to make everyone’s visit to the Empire a memorable one. If you have questions or needs beyond those addressed below, call us at 701.746.5500 and we would be happy to discuss customizing your time with us.



The Empire is located at 415 DeMers Avenue, near the corner of 5th Street and DeMers Avenue in historic, downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota.

From I-29 North or South
Exit I29 at DeMers Ave (Exit 140) and go East on DeMers Ave approximately 40 blocks. The Empire is on the right.

From Highway US-2 East or West
Enter the city on Highway US-2 (Gateway Drive) and go South on 5th Street North approximately 12 blocks. Take a left on DeMers Ave - the Empire is on the right.

Parking and building access during construction

DeMers Avenue and downtown Grand Forks are currently getting a facelift! This means that downtown traffic is currently detoured. DeMers Avenue is currently closed to vehicle traffic in front of our building, but our sidewalks are still open and there is still pedestrian access to our front door for our art gallery, box office, and all events held in the main theater.

During construction, the fastest and most convenient place to park for events at the Empire is the free Corporate Center parking ramp locating directly behind our building with an entrance on 5th Street.



Empire Arts Center is accessible for all patrons who use a wheelchair or a scooter, or patrons who cannot walk stairs. Courtesy wheelchairs are available upon request. To reserve a wheelchair call us at 701.746.5500. For events with reserved seating, seating charts indicate seat locations reserved for patrons using wheelchairs.

For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing American Sign Language Interpretation is offered for upon advance request.


There are no refunds on tickets to Empire Arts Center produced events. Refunds for non Empire produced events are at the discretion of the producer.

Ticket exchanges for Empire Arts Center produced events must be made 24 hours prior to your reservation.

Performance names, dates and times are subject to change or cancellation.

Late seating is only available at the discretion of the house manager and may not be available. Latecomers arriving 15 minutes after curtain are not guaranteed their tickets.