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About Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center houses the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, 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 was reopened to the public in October 2008.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday ~ 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday ~ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday ~ closed
Special events may fall outside of these hours.


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