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PO BOX 1863
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
learn, grow and play

The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center (DLCCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides quality experiences to learn, grow and play to Detroit Lakes and the surrounding communities. Since opening, in 2001, it has become an important part of area life. The Center is equipped with a state of the art pool and fitness area that serves more than 3,000 members and the 837-seat Historic Holmes Theatre, which brings in acts from around the world and provides a stage for local entertainers. The DLCCC is also home to an learning center, senior center, childcare pods and more. The construction and renovation project that built the DLCCC exemplifies the importance the community places on enriching the lives for people of all ages and walks of life.


The Holmes School was constructed in 1931 and was a center for education in Detroit Lakes for many years. It served as both a High School and Jr. High School until 1978 when a new school was constructed. The building was empty, except for one floor, for many years.

In 1999 a group of community members came together to discuss a community center – a dream that had been talked about for over 20 years. Eventually, the decision to renovate the “Old Holmes School” became a part of the conversation. The proximity of the “old School” to the downtown area would bolster the region’s tourism economy and make use of the empty building. Discussion about the old school brought visions of renovating the 800+ seat theater, creating conference rooms out of old school rooms, and maintaining some classrooms for an alternative school. Excitement grew as the vision expanded into a full fitness and aquatic center, day care facilities, and additional space for commercial tenants.

This all came true, and more, when the renovation and additional construction ended in January 2001 with a building over 105,000 square feet. Today the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center currently houses a Fitness & Aquatics center, a Senior Citizen’s Center, an Alternative Learning Center, multiple daycare facilities, and of course, the beautifully renovated 837 seat Historic Holmes Theatre and Event Center.

The most impressive part of this facility is the willingness of community members to raise nearly $4 million in one year to support the renovation and construction of this awesome vision. The total price tag of the facility was $9.5 million and the center continues to pay off a construction loan of $1.5 million from the City of Detroit Lakes.

The facility is managed by Holmes Center, Incorporated and has a board of directors consisting of 8 representatives from the city, school, community and the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation. There are over 60 employees that run the center including, lifeguards, fitness instructors, theatre operations, maintenance staff and more! The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center is a place for everyone. Not only is the fitness and aquatics center impressive, but the renovated theatre is a wonderful place to entertain audiences.

Fitness and Aquatic Center Overview

The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center provides quality experiences to learn, grow and play.With hundreds of pieces of weight equipment, 40 cardio machines,an eight-lane pool, a three-lane running track, two basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a 140 foot water slide, a youth climbing wall and an indoor golf range, our state-of-the art fitness and aquatic center has become “the center” for fitness and fun. We offer activities for all ages from youth programs like the Sunfish Swim Team, Hot Hands Basketball and the DLCCC After School Program to classes for adults like Center Cycling, Aqua Fit and Silver Sneakers. Our X Zone gives women a relaxing and private environment to exercise. Our poolside party room is the perfect place for a family gathering or birthday party. We have certified personal trainers who can help you reach the next stage of fitness and massage therapists who can lower your tension level. We offer a variety of membership options ranging from day passes and month-by-month memberships to annual memberships for singles, couples and families. We look forward to your next visit to the DLCCC and would be happy to give you a tour of the facility.

The Historic Holmes Theatre

The Historic Holmes Theatre is a beautifully renovated 837-seat theater providing music, dance, theater and visual arts for the residents of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities. The theatre brings local, regional, national and international performances to the Holmes stage. Previous shows have included the New York Theatre Ballet, Canadian Brass, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, America and Lorie Line as well as many local performers who have participated in local talent shows, dance and piano recitals and stage shows. The Historic Holmes Theatre opened in May of 2002. Since that time, it’s hosted more than 74,000 audience members, 200 performances and 30 free shows. Last year alone, more than 17,000 people attended main stage shows, and more than 7,000 area students attended daytime school shows.

The DLCCC is the perfect place for your next business or social event! We have spaces for weddings, receptions, meetings, conferences, expos, banquets, parties, reunions, and other special events. We can accommodate groups of four to 400 and offer competitive prices. Our event coordinator and entire event crew make hosting an event simple. We'll take care of all the details from set-up to food and can also provide tech support. The DLCCC is located in the heart of Detroit Lakes, just off Highway 10. Your attendees will enjoy the area's recreation such as golf, fishing and more! Call event coordinator Vicky Williams at 218-844-4221 Ext. 106 or e-mail for more information.