Arts Center Update

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The show will go on — one day.

Construction of Columbia County’s new Performing Arts Center is expected to be finished in January. However, the 85,000-square-foot facility will not open yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With covid-19, we’re not going to be able to open it up with a grand opening the way we normally would,” says Scott Johnson, Columbia County manager. “Now that we don’t have a show that’s pressing to get in, we may tweak a few things.”

The state-of-the art facility will include more than 2,000 seats, a main floor, two balcony areas with box seats, a concessions area and an orchestra pit that has the capacity to be lowered below the floor to accommodate extra seating.

Performances are expected to include Broadway plays or musicals, concerts and shows by local performing arts groups.

“This is a venue for the community. It fills a gap we’ve had in the county for a long time when it comes to art and entertainment,” Johnson says. “Not having to travel to another city to see a performance will be big for our citizens.”

The $31 million-plus project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 general obligation bond in the November 2016 general election. The PAC, which is located in The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, is being financed by the GO bond and SPLOST monies remaining from completed projects.