Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
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.
- Associations / Options
- African American Heritage
- Handicapped Accessible
- 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
- We Still Here Opening Reception: Nov 7; 4 - 6 p.m.
- 25 Mics Online: Nov 10
- We Still Here Artist Talk: Nov 14; 2 - 3 p.m.
- 25 Mics Online: Dec 8
- An Evening with Brittany Burrell: Apr 16; 8 p.m.
- 22nd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival: The Ladies of Song Vocal Competition: Apr 22; 8 - 10 p.m.
- An Evening with Avery Sunshine: Apr 24; 8 - 10 p.m.