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About Us

Pontiac's Little Art Theatre, also known as "The PLAT", is a multi-use entertainment venue that hosts musical performances, live events, movie screenings, and more! Located in the heart of Pontiac, MI, our historic building was constructed in 1868.

Presented by 47 North, Inc

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Music & Live Events

From national acts to local favorites, we seek talent to bring to our theatre for your enjoyment. Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre is a small, intimate all-ages event venue providing a wide variety of opportunities for all performers.

Performing Arts

47 North, Inc. built the PLAT with the mission of bringing an affordable, intimate venue for local artists to bring their talents to the Pontiac community, creating a theatre experience in a beautiful, historic, quality event to their patrons.



With our professional independent movie theatre, we present contemporary and classic movies geared for all ages. Join us for one of our Themed Arts Series, Community Series, or a premiere from one of the many local filmmakers. Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre features movies throughout the year.

Intimate & Versatile

The PLAT offers a small event venue with so much versatility we can host just about anything you need for a special and intimate experience. We work closely with our clients to provide a unique experience to meet their needs. Use the button below to read more about renting or booking your new favorite venue, Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre.


Our History

This Grand Lady (Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre a.k.a the “PLAT”) was born in 1868. This three-story building is listed in Pontiac’s historical records as “the TURK building” and categorized as a “GRO” establishment — the local grocery/dry goods store. The business survived 41 years until its last record in 1909.

1868 | The TURK Building

Image by Yiran Ding

Support The PLAT

Help us to promote the arts and fund this project and the artists. Our budget grows as we continue to grow our vision here at the PLAT. Any donations received will go toward furthering our mission and the arts in Downtown Pontiac.

Our Team & Board Members

The PLAT is operated by a team of passionate and dedicated professionals .


Karen Jorgensen moved to Downtown Pontiac with her partner, Robert Karazim, in 2009. A Detroit native, Karen likes to tell people that she crawled her way up to find a home in Pontiac after living in every other city along Woodward. She worked as an Operational Therapist and Certified Medical Case Manager for 31 years, working primarily with patients who had been in auto accidents. In addition to supporting Robert’s involvement in the Downtown, Karen was a Co-Chair of Canvas Pontiac and a past Secretary for Pontiac’s DBA, a predecessor to Main Street Pontiac. She was a founding partner of Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre and Green Room Cafe. Since closing her Medical Case Management business in July of 2021 and Robert’s passing in January 2022, Karen has been the sole owner and operator of the PLAT and the Cafe. She continues to uphold Robert’s enthusiasm for the arts and looks to support the future of Pontiac’s small businesses.

Karen Jorgensen

Owner, President


Our Sponsors

At the PLAT, we take great pride in our community and the support they provide. So much time and effort has allowed this historic building to transform into the space that exists today. We couldn’t have done it without the help and dedication of our sponsors.

With Special Thanks to:

Karen Jorgensen and Assoc.
Mark Thomas
Lisa Markevich
Relhom Marketing & Management Services
Lula C. Wilson
Robert Karazim
Lisa Mohler
Nancy Oeswein
Glen Konopaskie

Barbara Frye
Linda Porter
Judy Wilson
Michael McGuinness
Tom Lubinski
Skeeto Valdez
Christian Marcello
Andy Meisner

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Tax Exempt Information

The PLAT is a tax exempt organization; more information can be found below and on the PLAT's Guidestar Profile.

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