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Alberta Bair Theater Provides an Engaging Cultural

Just a seven-minute walk from the Best Western Clock Tower Inn is the Alberta Bair Theater. This charming venue, elegantly decorated with brilliant chandeliers and art deco design, has served as a cornerstone to the Billings cultural scene for over 80 years.

Here you can find a range of entertainment and performances - from chamber music to comedy performances, the Alberta Bair Theater has something to offer everyone. They even have a variety of educational performances, some of which connect directly with the curriculum.

Originally named ?The Fox Theater?, ABT was established in 1931. Located at present-day Broadway and Third Avenue North, the plot of land had previously housed the Charles M. Bair family homestead. Charles? own daughter, Alberta M. Bair, was born in that very house, prior to the construction of the new entertainment facility.

At that time, the theater was partially financed by the 20th Century Fox Corporation, who had purchased the land from Charles M. Bair. The Fox Theater had the distinction of being the last Art Deco style theater in the United States and was built by the 20th Century Fox Corporation and designed by Robert C. Reamer.

For over 50 years, the establishment was able to provide a haven for culture buffs in Billings. In 1987, the Fox Theater was due for a makeover and was fully renovated, with Charles Bair?s daughter, Alberta Bair, providing substantial funding. Upon completion of the project, the theater was renamed in her honor.

Alberta Bair Theater has become the largest fully-equipped performing arts center in the region. The venue showcases professional touring companies with some of the best musicians, dancers, and theater performances, as well as local performing groups. With a 1,400-seat capacity, the Alberta Bair Theater is able to provide outstanding educational programming for 22,000 school children annually and serves a population of 400,000 in all.

For a complete night out, stop by any number of delectable eateries in the area for dinner and drinks. Within walking distance of the theater is BIN 119 Wine Bar and Restaurant. They are known for both their sophisticated seasonal American cuisine and first-class wine selection. Also nearby is Jake?s ? a classy steakhouse with flavors from both land and sea.Whether you are a Billings resident or just passing through, the Alberta Bair Theater is a must-stop entertainment venue that perfectly captures the local cultural vibe.

Why The Clocktower Inn?

Did you know that the Clocktower Inn is located in the heart of downtown Billings? Also, we are located just minutes away from both Billings Clinic Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and our Billings Logan International Airport! When you stay here with us, you not only get free downtown parking, you are also getting one of the best breakfasts in town, on us. That's right, Stella's Bakery is known for their genuine hospitality with homemade baked goods and the top of the line breakfast assured to make you leave with a full tummy and a smile on your face. The best part is, it's on us! Seven homemade delicious meals to choose from, that come entirely complimentary with your stay. The cinnamon rolls, coffee, and orange juice are a must! 

Who loves breweries? Well you are just in luck, we happen to be right on the path of Billing's very own walking brewery tour. Get into town, throw your bags in your room, and start trucking to those mouth watering breweries! All seven are a comfortable walking distance from your stay here at the Clocktower. Not only are you in walking distance of all these fun breweries, you are literally stumbling distance from the new, ever so popular Pub Station Taproom. The Pub Station has weekly shows of the top musicians from around the world! Let me remind you of the awesome Stella's Bakery breakfast you get on us after a fun night of brewery touring and concert attending, tastes pretty divine after a long night. 

Winter Wonderland

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner, and we want to make sure you know what is going on in Billings with Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn! Located right downtown in the heart of Billings, this gives you lots of near by options to get out of the hotel for a bit. It is always our mission to make you feel as comfortable as possible when you stay here with us! 

With being located downtown, you have access to fun shops to get Christmas presents you’ve been putting off, because we all know how last minute shopping goes. Maybe head over to The Pub Station and get those concert tickets you’ve been eying, or simply take in all the varieties of restaurants and breweries located near by. Whatever you decide to partake in, just know you have a comfortable bed to come back to and cozy up to sleep in. 

 December has lots of fun events for all ages. The Polar Express at the Billings Depot, you have eight nights to catch that fun event, also across the street from the Depot is Uberbrew Brewery if you need a cold one beforehand. Sticking with the Christmas spirit, check out Elf, The Musical at the Alberta Bair Theater. This one is sure to be fun for everyone! If Christmas really isn’t your thing, go up to our local university and cheer on the MSU-B Yellow Jackets in basketball. Lot’s of fun options for the month of December, check out more options at to see what else is out there for you!