Student Performance Venues
Newport News offers many unique opportunities for your students to become stars. Showcase their talents at one of our bustling shopping and dining areas. Hold a pre-show performance for world-class artists. Or, let one of our attractions serve as a unique backdrop for students. Please contact Barb Kleiss, Group Marketing Manager at 757.926.1442 or toll-free at 888.493.7386 to arrange performance opportunities.
City Center at Oyster Point
City Center at Oyster Point is an open-air gathering place, a shopping district and a central business district serving the Virginia Peninsula. Landscaped in a southern living style and grand vistas to the breath-taking five acre fountain, City Center at Oyster Point is a vibrant spot for the perfect gathering. Events are typically held at the Fountain Stage, the Market Stage, or the new Fountain-side Gazebo. Free parking is available on the street as well as in three garages.
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a 52,000 square foot facility, which houses the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276 seat venue that honors the "First Lady of Song," who was born in Newport News in 1917. It also offers a banquet room, a multipurpose room, two exhibit galleries and several smaller meeting rooms---plenty of room for your group’s performance event! Originally built as the Walter Reed School, this historic building has been restored and was reopened to the public in October 2008.
Ferguson Center for the Arts
Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an important cultural beacon in the Commonwealth. This $60 million, 300,000-square-foot facility attracts and presents the finest artists and entertainers in the world. The Ferguson Center includes the impressive 1,700-seat Concert Hall, the 500-seat Music & Theatre Hall and a 200-seat Studio Theatre...
Patrick Henry Mall
Motor coach groups are welcome to visit Patrick Henry Mall to enjoy its many shopping, dining and entertainment options. A spacious food Court, with a fireplace and comfortable sofa seating area, offers ten taste eateries. For your shopping pleasure we have 120 specialty stores incluing Dicks Specialty Goods; and our department stores include Dillards, Macy’s and JCPenny. The mall also features three sit down restaurants: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Bailey’s Pub and Grille and Ruby Tuesday.
Peninsula Community Theatre
In 1994, Peninsula Community Theatre (PCT) bought the Village Theatre, an art deco movie house that was a landmark in historic Hilton Village (Author William Styron worked there as a lad!). Since then PCT has refurbished nearly every square inch, including the neon letters (VILLAGE) that were lost to a hurricane. Peninsula Community Theatre offers two musicals, comedies and dramas each year in their five-production season (August - May)...