VOL. 132 | NO. 188 | Thursday, September 21, 2017
GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue
By Patrick Lantrip
The Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced plans to develop a new 1.5-acre open-air performance center that will be located due north of its current location at 1801 Exeter Road.
Dubbed The Grove at GPAC, the center hopes the new venue will attract new audiences by providing an alternative option for performances.
Local architectural firm Archimania was tapped to handle the project’s design work that will focus on conservation, sustainability and reduction of impact on the environment, and will include a covered stage with a high-definition, permanent video wall.
“There will be an outdoor bar and seating area, several VIP areas and a covered, hard-scaped area in front of the stage for VIP seating, dancing or an orchestra,” GPAC’s executive director Paul Chandler said in a release. “With capacity for 1,200 to 2,000, the space will be suitable for both ticketed and free events, with food truck spaces and electrical outlets, plenty of parking and access for sound and production equipment delivery.”
Chandler said he envisions using The Grove for festivals, national and regional touring shows, local artist showcases, concert movies and films, simulcast concerts from indoors, performances by other users, and outdoor receptions and events.