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About Downing-Gross

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the Southeast community of Newport News, Virginia.  At the core of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276-seat venue named for the “First Lady of Song,” who was born in Newport News in 1917.

Originally built as the Walter Reed School, the historic building has been restored and open to the public since October 2008. The building houses several event spaces,  large/small group gathering rooms and is owned and operated by the City of Newport News, Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.


Youth Programs & Activities

July 14, 2015
Tuesdays at 2pm. Free admission for youth. Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Calendar of Events

July 3-5, 2015
July 14, 2015
July 25 - August 22, 2015
August 4-5, 2015
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