Grand Opening Event

Phoenix Performing Arts Center
Grand Opening 

Ribbon cutting

After two years of negotiating, testing and endless red tape, Phoenix acquired its new home last October. Then came six months of dust, dirt, and reconstruction as we turned what was once a tobacco warehouse into the Phoenix Performing Arts Center.

            So, on May 8th, it was time to celebrate. And celebrate we did, with a ribbon cutting followed by an evening of merriment entertainment, food and drink. It was a tough road, but well worth the trip. Future Phoenix performers, volunteers and patrons will enjoy the fruits of our labors.

            Now, we will begin a new chapter in Phoenix’s never-ending saga with a variety of goals to accomplish. In addition to our main stage productions at the Count Basie Theatre, we will begin work on a new black box theatre, for smaller and more intimate plays. We would like to jumpstart two new programs: a Children’s Theatre and a performance group for seniors.

            If you would like to contribute to our new home in anyway, your service would be greatly appreciated. There is a wish-list on our website,, that is always looking for donations. There are also a few ways for you to get your name etched into the walls for years to come. Check out our website for these opportunities to be explained in greater detail.

            A standing ovation for all of the people who, throughout the process, helped us realize our dream. We would like to notably recognize Martin McGamn, ESQ, Geoffrey Brothers of Brothers Commercial Real Estates, Michael Simpson of Some Architects, Shawn Manning of Seeview Remodeling, and Richie Snedirer. We could not have done it without them and we owe them a great debt.


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