Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

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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.

Hours of Operation

Please call for hours.

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  • Associations / Options
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Banquet Round Style Seating: 80
  • Standing Theater Style: 276