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Oklahoma City Metro college to open new state-of-the-art facility

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and Staples Center in L.A. are premiere venues for those cities. Now, Oklahoma City Community College is hoping to be Oklahoma City’s source for events with a new state-of-the-art theater.

The Visual and Performing Arts Center finished January 15 and can seat more than 1,000 people who can be entertained by various acts from Broadway to classical music, dance and comedy just to name a few.

Something the director of cultural programs believes will do wonders for the cities’ economy.

“So in this much space we will be able to bring the kinds of shows that would bring people from out of town and so in and of itself the economic impact that it will have in the Oklahoma City metro will also to be reflective as a result of this facility,” Lemuel Bardeguez said.

The $20 million facility was funded through foundations, private donations and a student-enacted fee that provided $8 million for the new theater. It’s money well spent for Music Major Hannah Youngblood.

“For a performance major it gives me kind of a foreshadowing of what I may be doing in the future so I’m excited,” Youngblood said.

OCCC broke ground on the north side of campus in 2011. It’s a site home to one of the largest Labor Day events in Oklahoma City –Arts Festival Oklahoma.

“We will probably use the theater space to actually bring in some sort of headliner entertainment and actually have at the same time that the festival is going on so that the two events can actually feed into each other,” Bardeguez said.

The first public event is March 21 with Flipside: The Patti Page Story. For more information visit here.