Backus Community Center 900 5th Street, International Falls Minnesota
(218) 285-7225 | Email
Office Open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

MISSION STATEMENT: “Historic Backus Community Center, the heart of International Falls, where all generations celebrate arts, culture, recreation, wellness and life-long learning”

Rental | Lease Opportunities

Meetings, workshops, classes, parties, showers, concerts .... for 1 to 1,000 .... we have you covered!

Are you looking to expand or upgrade your current work space? The historic Backus building has space for you!

Location | Amenities | Affordability

  • Convenient location in the heart of International Falls next to the Forestland Annex 
  • Meeting rooms and auditorium space to accommodate any size group
  • Highly competitive rental and lease rates
  • Catering services available
  • Ample parking and on the city bus route
  • Distinctive Art Deco style with terrazzo floors and polished granite walls

The 1,000 seat Auditorium is equipped with a full-sized stage, lighting, sound and a 24'x16' projection system allowing for modern presentations and performances.


board room

The Backus Board Room (103) is ideal for groups up to 25 and features original wood cabinetry.

Room 103 24'x22'

Our Conference Room 101/102 can seat up to 100 and is open to a variety of table and seating configurations.

Room 101 60'x25'

101 102
Our newly remodeled Dining Room can seat up to 100 guests and has a light and airy atmosphere thanks to the abundance of east and south sun exposure.
dining room dining room
Room 110 22'x34' Room 111 23'x44'
gym gym
For larger events, the Backus Stage/Gym will provide seating for 200-500.

Our staff includes a licensed food manager, three cooks and an experienced event coordinator. Past events hosted in our facility include: weddings, class reunion dinners, receptions, banquets, ethnic food festivals, concerts, plays, public meetings, trainings sessions - large and small - showers, funerals, dances and other special events -- if you can plan it, we can host it!

A 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano is also available for your event, and Backus can secure a variety of musicians or vocalists to fit your needs.

Call for rental rates and details (218) 285-7225

For your safety, Backus Community Center is equipped with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines located on the first floor near the dining room on the southeast side of the building, and on the third floor east side near Northland Counseling.