More than fifteen years after it was first envisioned, the Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center is now slated to make its debut. Six years behind schedule and nearly $30 million over budget, the new performing arts center is scheduled to officially open in mid-June.
Jefferson Parish announced that an official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015. To welcome the public, the parish is hosing a free open house, allowing visitors to take guided tours through the new building every half hour. The Open House is scheduled from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.
The Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center, located at 6400 Airline Highway was supposed to be finished in 2009, at a cost of $27 million dollars. But the project was delayed by six years at double the cost, due in part to at least 500 change orders. .
The theater will feature 1100 seats, an elevating orchestra pit, and a state of the art sound system. The center features an 89-foot wide stage area equipped with an operable orchestra lift that can be raised and lowered by a motor-driven system.
The arts center will be managed by SMG, the same company that operates the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
On Saturday June 20, SMG and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will join Jefferson Parish in presenting a "Gala Opening" to showcase regional talent. Additional information about ticket sales, pricing, and special guests will be announced shortly.