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Truckee unveils renovated downtown Community Arts Center

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
Here, a packed house watches a recent production at the renovated Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee.
Courtesy TDRPD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Residents can expect higher-class performances in 2015 and beyond at the newly renovated downtown Community Arts Center, officials said this week.

“I think it’s beautiful, a huge improvement,” said Dan O’Gorman, recreation superintendent for the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. “I think we can put on a much higher-quality show than in the past.”

Renovations to the center’s auditorium include a new movie screen, including a digital projector and surround sound; replacement of all lighting with LED lighting; addition of a side stage entrance; purchase of 250 padded theater chairs; and a new color scheme along with custom wall art, said Jennifer Boehm, a TDRPD employee and performing arts committee member.

When asked what the district hopes the community gets out of the renovations, O’Gorman said: “Increased access to quality entertainment, not having to go to Reno to see a quality performance, and a place for local artists to perform.”

As in the past, the venue can hold music performances, theater productions and movies, but with an improved production quality, he said.

Those types of events could only happen previously if producers brought their own sound and lighting equipment — which now is no longer the case, Boehm said.

Upcoming center events include a 7 p.m. Jan. 31 avalanche awareness education presentation from the Sierra Avalanche Center, and a 7 p.m. Feb. 6 First Friday Music presentation of the Dana Leong Trio, put on by Arts For the Schools and TDRPD.

The modifications were completed at the end of November, O’Gorman said, with more to come.

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is planned to be installed in the spring, Boehm said. The center will remain open during that work.

The performing arts committee is also discussing whether to renovate the center’s building facade and hall, and install a marquee to announce performances.

Whether those modifications are pursued will depend on funding, O’Gorman said.

Last year, the TDRPD board of directors voted to use $200,000 in previously allocated funds for performing arts on upgrades at the center.

The move was in response to the board approving construction of the new aquatic center, rather than a performing arts center, following the failure of Measure J in the 2012 general election.

Visit tdrpd.com, to learn more about the Community Arts Center at 10046 Church St. in Truckee.