Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Add to trip planner

Contact Information

Description

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center houses the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276-seat venue that honors the "First Lady of Song," who was born in Newport News in 1917. Originally built as the Walter Reed School, this historic building has been restored, and it reopened to the public in October 2008.

Hours of Operation

Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat; closed Sun.

Additional Information

  • Associations / Options
  • African American Heritage
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • History
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Meeting Room Count: 5
  • Meeting Facility Sq. Feet: 3,040
  • Banquet Round Style Seating: 144-180
  • Classroom Style Seating: 60
  • Standing Theater Style: 250

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Break Camp: Puppet-making: Apr 1-5
  • 25 Mics - Open Mic: Apr 9; 7 p.m.
  • Evolution of an Initial Impact: Gallery Reception: Apr 13; 6 p.m.
  • 21st Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival: Ladies of Song Vocal Competition: Apr 26; 8 p.m.
  • 21st Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival: Regina Belle Live: Apr 27; 8 p.m.
  • Decade of Dance: The Groovin' 70s: Jun 21; 8 p.m.
Click here to view more information on these events.