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williamw commented about Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Mar 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Greetings All!

I’m the Arts Program Manager of Visual Arts at the Grand. There are a few errors on the page that I’d like to correct. The address is 715 Central Avenue. The facility is not a only “performing arts center,” but the only municipal interdisciplinary art center of its kind in the state of California. It’s even rare in larger perspective as we are part of an ongoing national arts redevelopment research project.

In short, the Center offers professional and community-based dance, drama, music and visual arts across a 37,000+ sq.‘ center comprised of six buildings; five of which are interconnected including the Grand Theatre. The six is independent as the Old Town Hall & Jail from 1900, documented on the National Historic Register. The Center includes 2 theatres, 3 art galleries and 8 studio classroom studios for arts education. The theatres host performances and events of all kinds including concerts, off-broadway, comedy, magic and movies… we recent presented The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time to great avail. :)

It’s also worth noting the Grand utilizes a fully automated – computed controlled Vortec rigging system.

We are looking forward to hosting a visit on the tour and are most grateful to Gary and anyone that can help us fill in details of the Grand’s history. This year we are planning on developing an historic display in the main lobby including artifacts and project history.

  • thanks, William