OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre

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OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre

After two years of construction, Oklahoma City Community College has unveiled the new state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (VPAC).

The new venue will host major cultural and performing arts events, in addition to the college’s signature Performing Arts Series (PAS). Conveniently located in South Oklahoma City adjacent to I-44 and I-240, the addition of the new theater will allow the college to begin hosting Broadway-type shows, concerts, and larger productions than ever before.

It will also provide the community with a top notch venue for local arts, dance groups and other organizations. The newly constructed Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery and OCCC’s nationally-recognized film and video production program are also housed in the Visual Performing Arts Center.

When the theater opened this January, patrons and performers will be impressed by the structure’s towering floor-to-ceiling windows in the Sarkeys Foundation Atrium, and second- and third-floor lobbies that overlook the main entrance.

The theater features seating for 1,000, VIP box seats, an orchestra pit, state-of-the-art lighting and sound and a digital movie projector, which allows the theater to function as a 7.1 surround sound movie theater.

The grand lobby can accommodate over 300 guests in banquet seating, and the facility features a warming kitchen for catered events. Parking for all events hosted at the theater will be free for patrons.

Outside of the theater in the Women of the South Plaza, patrons will be impressed with the unique 14 foot tall sculpture by local artist Collin Rosebrook entitled “Crescendo,” a modern representation of the initials of the college.

The sculpture was made possible through the generous donation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Stone City Attractions. The plaza is named in honor of the Women of the South for their continued and significant support.

In addition, the theater was funded by generous gifts by OCCC students; the Sarkeys Foundation; the Inasmuch Foundation; donations from foundations, corporations and individuals; and OCCC capital improvement funds.

The construction of the theater is a part of the college’s larger strategic goal to enrich the quality of life of the community through educational, artistic and recreational programs and events. The OCCC VPAC will be a premiere performing arts facility for the entire city and will continue the impressive growth of the Oklahoma City metro.

OCCC’s “Vision of the Future” project included the 75,000 sq. ft. Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The Arts Center’s $8,400,000 Phase I opened in the Fall of 2008, and dramatically enhanced the arts education at OCCC. In addition to general academic needs for staff and faculty, the 56,500 sq. ft. facility offered customized space for each division of the arts department.

The final component of the VPAC was the $16 million Performing Arts Theater, designed to be the premier venue for major cultural and entertainment events in South Oklahoma City.

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