History In the Making!

Help the Napoleon Civic Center dream become a reality as we progress towards renovation and restoration. Recently the residents of the Napoleon Area Schools voted to work with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a new elementary and middle school. The architect’s plans include the demolition of the JLJ Auditorium (built in 1935) with the rest of the Central complex. It will be replaced at the new site with a gymnatorium, a shared facility between athletics and the performing arts. Problems of scheduling, sound, lighting, and inadequate seating for larger musical productions will result. The residents of Napoleon and the communities of Henry County need a proper auditorium.

Mission Statement
To renovate and restore the historic John L. Johnson Auditorium and the adjacent wing of the former school building.  To establish a state of the art community center with cafeteria and reception hall space, meeting rooms, a visual and performing arts auditorium, and gymnasium areas.  The center would serve as a gathering place for the residents of Henry County and any community organizations offering such amenities as a cafeteria, studio and meeting places, and an auditorium and gymnasiums.

To be a community center and performing arts venue for the residents of Henry County,  while preserving the  historical tradition of the building as a common meeting and performing arts area.