Agora Grand Event Center is a historic wedding venue in Lewiston, Maine. Its distinctive Gothic spire has towered high above the city for over a century, and the church continues to be a fairy-tale setting in which to exchange vows. The center offers couples modern facilities as well as a convenient location in the heart of Maine’s second-largest metropolitan area.
Facilities and Capacity
Agora Grand Event Center is a contemporary space that is respectful to its storied roots. A Neo-Gothic masterpiece, the church’s gothic-style windows lend a fairy-tale ambiance to any celebration. Guests will arrive to a monumental setting with a towering vaulted ceiling cast in relief by dramatic uplighting. The church’s nave is flanked by stately Corinthian columns, creating a boundless central space in which to host a magic reception. Overhead a giant stained glass rose window, reminiscent of the most hallowed cathedrals of France, floods the hall with ample natural light. The renovation team has worked to accentuate this sense of celestial space, with a minimal white color palette adding to the open and airy tone. The center can host a grand celebration for up to 350 invitees and there is a separate chapel that couples can use for their ceremony. After the party has ended, the newly married couple can retire to the Royal Tower Honeymoon Suite. Located underneath the steeple, it is luxuriously appointed and features stained-glass windows and its own whirlpool bathtub. Guests will find a welcoming place to rest their heads at the Inn at the Agora which adjoins the venue.
Furniture rental is included with the rental of the venue, and there is parking available on-site.
The staff of the Agora Grand Event Center offers a range of services to those celebrating their nuptials. The events team can provide full-service planning for occasions, as well as day-of coordination. The management is also happy to organize beverage services for events, and there is a fully equipped bar on-site.
12 Reviews for Agora Grand Event Center
Recommended by 100% of couples
Courtney · Married on 04/27/2019
Billie was absolutely wonderful to work with! From showing us the venue at our walk through to the day after the wedding, Billie helped our magical weekend come true!Sent on 05/03/2019
Agora Grand Event Center's reply:I loved working with you and meeting your amazing families and friends. It was truly a great day that all of us throughly enjoyed working.
Mary · Married on 04/13/2019
Beautiful day in April
Billie was great to work with, we were her first wedding at the venue since she bought it. We were in quit the rush because my daughter and her fiancee were due to move to Washington State in 5 weeks for the military. With Billies help of letting us come early mornings to review the venue, chapel and set up, it was achieved. I will say that a night wedding at this venue is much more beautiful because of the lights in the venue, a day wedding is also beautiful but if we had to do it all over again it would have been a night wedding for sure. Plenty of kitchen space for the caterers to get ready and do a proper job, plus a great spot in the venue to set up buffet tables. The Agora had tables and chairs for us to use at no extra charge, round and rectangular plus chairs, so that was helpful. There is also a en suite for the bride to get ready and the couple to stay afterwards, the couple didn't take advantage of the rooms but they sure are beautiful.Sent on 02/08/2020
I would like to say that the whole experience was wonderful, the bar was well stocked, area for the cake beautiful and plenty room for dancing. When all said and done the wedding was beautiful, Billie was extremely helpful and my daughter and son in law loved every minute of their special day.
Agora Grand Event Center's reply:Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Night time weddings are spectacular with our lighting, but daytime weddings are equally as beautiful with the sun shining in our stained glass in the chapel or through our large windows in the Grand Hall - all depends on what people are looking for. However, we started working with couples for their initial tours to time them so that they can see the venue after sunset for the lighting effects or when the sun is shining. Sometimes this means multiple tours so that they can make an informed decision before they work with their planners for improved event timelines. We made this change because of YOU! So thank you for that feedback while we were tearing down after the festivities. We thoroughly enjoyed working with you all. Our litmus test during an event is to watch the couple for their reactions and seeing the bride enjoying herself let us know that the day was going great. Lovely couple with great family and friends. This wedding was the inspiration for our “lending library” and the very first contributor.
Tiffany · Married on 04/07/2018
Stunning and over the top. I live in Northern Virginia and attended a wedding at the Agora Grand. A venue like this in the DC area wouldbe very expensive, especially for a wedding of 200 or more. This place is a masterpiece, super classy and full of architecture and elegance you won't find in anything modern. On the down side, while it's located in Maine's second largest city, it's still a pretty small city so don't expect any wild nightlife. Still, it's an incredible bargain considering how close it is to Boston (about 2 hours). Once the rest of New England hears about this place, you can expect the price to jump, so book while you can!Sent on 02/09/2017
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Andrew has a great event venue that is centrally located near the midcoast Maine area with easy access from Portland, Augusta and well beyond. It's a beautiful place with high cathedral ceilings and many other amenities. Andrew goes out of his way to provide a pleasing and functional venue for his guests and has been a pleasure to do business with. Thank you, Andrew, for your part in providing a great venue for me and other caterers to recommend to our clients. Good luck and success to you in this fine venture of yours. James - Coastal Critters Clambakes & Grilling
The Agora Grand is indeed Grand for the bride looking for an urban setting in a historic and quite magnificent building for their wedding. Their professionals are eager to work with you to ensure your wedding is just that...Grand!
We are very happy with the partnership forged between the Gendron Franco Center and the Agora Grand Event Center. Andrew and Jan are great to work with and we welcome this new event center to the L/A Community!