711 First St., Bethlehem PA 18015
SteelStacks is a unique American celebration of heritage, culture and art. Located in the heart of the historic Bethlehem Steel home plant, it encompasses 10 acres that have been repurposed as a community gathering place. Throughout the year, SteelStacks offers hundreds of concerts, films, family programs, dance programming, festivals, tours, and community and patriotic celebrations. It also features great dining at the ArtsQuest Center in the Mike & Ike Bistro, Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, Town Square Grill (summer only) and the Mack Truck Stop. Please check the calendar on this website for activities offered on the date of your planned visit.
Air Products Town Square
Located in front of the ArtsQuest Center and PBS Public Media and Education Center, this large public space is the home to the outdoor Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square, which offers free concerts throughout the summer; the “Tell Me More” stage for PBS 39 family programs; the Town Square Grill (summer only) for great outdoor dining with a view of the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, and the Alchemy and The Bridge fire sculptures.
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem PA 18015
The ArtsQuest Center was envisioned as a 21st Century performing arts center. Eschewing the traditional proscenium stage with permanent seating format, the building was designed for maximum flexibility for contemporary arts and cultural programs that engage audiences.
The ArtsQuest Center offers programing daily including art exhibitions; independent, foreign and documentary films; live music; dance; and comedy. For programs offered on a specific date, please go to the calendar on this website.
What’s with the orange? You can’t help but notice that the exposed I-beams in the ArtsQuest Center are painted “International Orange.” Why? The structural steel supporting the Golden Gate Bridge was poured from the blast furnaces that you see from the ArtsQuest Center, formed in the local plant and then shipped across the country to San Francisco. Bethlehem Steel was also one of the largest ship and bridge builders in the country.
Alvin H. Butz Gallery
Located on the second floor Loft, this permanent gallery offers exhibitions throughout the year. Please check the calendar for the current show.
Located on the first floor, this community gathering space offers dramatic views of the blast furnaces, seating for the Mike & Ike Bistro, digital art exhibits, and live music in cold-weather months at the indoor Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage. Please check the calendar for performances.
This beautiful room on the second floor is used for intimate concerts, meetings and catered events. With a view of the blast furnaces and The Bridge, it offers a beautiful ambiance.
A state-of-the-art cinema experience, including both digital and 35mm screenings, is available to those who appreciate the art of film.
In addition to current independent, foreign and documentary releases, the FBAC offer a robust repertoire film schedule, Monday night film club, Tuesday night Talk Backs for current films, “Live from the 92nd Street Y” broadcasts, and Thursday evening stand-up and improv comedy shows. The cinemas are frequently used by community organizations to show films relating to their mission. You may bring food or beverages (including alcoholic beverages) that you purchase at the ArtsQuest Center into the movie with you!
Located on the second floor, this space is perfect for conversation after a movie, a drink before dinner or a private reception, with a great view of the blast furnaces.
Martin Guitar Lobby
Celebrating the rich history of this iconic American musical instrument made in neighboring Nazareth, this third-floor lobby is the focal point between the outdoor Sands Deck and the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling.
The Martin Guitar Lobby houses the box office and merchandise space for the Musikfest Café, as well as offers a great place to view the building’s spiral staircase and ArtsQuest Glass Studio sculpture called The Four Elements.
Whether you need a snack for the movie, or a full dinner to take into the cinema or enjoy at table seating, the Mike and Ike Bistro is the place to fill that need. Check the calendar on this site for daily hours of operation.
Named for ArtsQuest’s signature event, Musikfest, this amazing venue offers more than 180 shows annually in diverse musical styles, plus comedy, dance and theater. The two-story venue (on the third and fourth floors of the building) has a glass wall with a full view of the blast furnaces behind the flexible stage. Audience size ranges from 470 for cabaret-style seating (No seat is more than 60 feet from the stage) to 1,000 for standing room only shows. One of the most unique aspects of the Musikfest Café is that you can enjoy a great dinner before most shows, including special offerings themed to the music. The Café also features delicious, locally-brewed beers from Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery, located only 40 miles from SteelStacks.
Floating 30 feet above Founders Way, adjacent to the original Bethlehem Steel Crane Run, this outdoor deck is a great space to view the SteelStacks campus, listen to music from the Levitt Pavilion or the Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage, or host a private party for your closest 100 friends.
This is the place for all things SteelStacks and Bethlehem Steel. The Stacks Shop includes locally produced jewelry and glass, Martin Guitar and Yuengling merchandise, and fun gift items.
Located on the first floor of the ArtsQuest Center, this space offers art exhibits, Thursday evening “SmartsQuest” music and film trivia contests, and diverse gatherings.
The Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks is centerpiece of the campus, located at the foot of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces. This outdoor music pavilion has lawn seating for over 2,000 people and offers more than 50 live, free family-friendly concerts each summer, as well as hosts Musikfest’s Americaplatz stage and the Yuengling Summer Concert Series.
Located on the western end of the Levitt Pavilion, the Mack Truck Stop offers food and beverage service during any concerts or festivals at the Levitt Pavilion.
PBS 39 Public Media and Education Center
Located west of the Bethlehem Visitor Center, this plaza is host to special events at SteelStacks, including ArtsQuest’s Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest; Christkindlmarkt; and Oktoberfest, plus community events and celebrations. Private events are hosted on the plaza as well.
Public Art at SteelStacks
SteelStacks is designed for visitors to experience the awe-inspiring historic industrial architecture of the Bethlehem Steel home plant, while incorporating public art created by diverse American contemporary artists.
- Alchemy, Elena Colombo, American, 2011, stone, steel, fire sculpture The A is the alchemist’s symbol for air. It was adopted by Air Products, the Fortune 500 Company based in the Lehigh Valley, early in its existence. The sculpture was donated by Air Products to celebrate SteelStacks and the Air Products Town Square.
- Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, steel, lead, Copper, LED lighting system. From left to right, the furnaces were designated A through E. The oldest began operation more than a century ago while the most recent began operation in 1959. The LED lighting system was installed by Sands Casino Resort in 2009.
- The Bridge, Elena Columbo, American, 2011, corten steel, fire sculpture 72-foot arch celebrating Bethlehem Steel’s history of bridge engineering and construction, innovations such as corten steel, and the aspirations of the community to bridge to the 21st Century. The fire element is 37 feet long and is served by a 1 million BTU natural gas line.
- Celebration of Life, Salma Arastu, American b. Pakistan, 2011, aluminum and cement. Ms. Arastu is a former Banana Factory artist whose work focuses on the beauty of nature and life. She resides in Berkley, CA.
- The Four Elements, John Choi and Dennis Gardner, ArtsQuest Glass Studio, 2012, blown glass, stained glass, steel, LED lighting. This sculpture contains more than 900 individual pieces of glass depicting earth, air, fire and water. The blown glass elements were created over eight months in the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.
- Transformation, Stephen Antonakos, American b. Greece, 2011 Known for his use of geometric shapes and his neon sculpture, Mr. Antonakos is associated with minimalism. His works appear in public many of the world’s major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Athens and Tokyo. This work symbolizes the transformation of the former steel plant into an arts center (ArtsQuest Center), supports the minimalism of the architecture of the building, and assists guests in locating the entrance to the building.