Sun Theatre Gala – May 10, 2014

Tickets Are Now on Sale

Medallion(1)The Grand Center Arts Academy cordially invites you to:

The Sun Theatre Grand Opening on May 10, 2014!

Please join us for a night of joyous celebration as we unveil the astonishing renovation of this historic and cultural gem. It's been a hundred and one years since the original opening night in 1913 and on May 10th, we will raise the curtain again in twenty-first century grand style. It will be a night to remember with great food, great performances and great people. Grand Center Arts Academy faculty, students and special guest artists trace the history of the theatre in an innovative, high- energy show that will leave you soaring! Update for RSVP date as of May 6th:  General ticket sales will remain open up till May 10. We are still taking reservations for VIP tickets, but these are limited so please reserve today. Click here for a PDF of the   Sun GALA Invite You can purchase remaining tickets for general seating only at the door.  For questions please contact: John Klein at Click here for a press release Sun_Opening_Press_Release _ Cost: VIP tickets: $250. ($200 is tax deductible) General seating: $100. ($70 is tax deductible) Schedule of Events 5:30 pm Check in for VIP ticket holders Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music Grand Center Arts Academy building (entrance at 3611 Grandel) 6:00 pm VIP Dinner 6th floor dance studio GCAA 6:30 pm Check in for General ticket holders Drinks and hors d’oeuvres Lobby of Sun Theatre 7:15 pm Theatre seating begins  (reserved seating for VIP ticket holders) 8:00 pm Sun Theatre Program Grand Center Arts Academy faculty, students and special guest artists trace the history of the theatre in an innovative, high-energy show that will leave you soaring! 8:55 pm Dutch Auction (10 minutes) Cocktail Attire

. . .  Update - April 17, 2014 . . . 

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, The Sun Theatre, located at 3625 Grandel Sq., will open its doors to the public for the first time in nearly fifty years.  It now becomes the performance venue for the Grand Center Arts Academy.  The Gala celebration will include a full schedule of events, culminating in an original production that traces the history of the theatre through dance, music, drama and art.  The show will feature GCAA faculty, students, and special guests. The Sun Theatre has had a distinguished and colorful history. The building opened on March 2, 1913 as the Victoria Theatre, a German speaking theatre featuring opera, music and theatrical events. Because of anti-German sentiment during World War I, the theatre lost its support and had to close. In subsequent years it would re-emerge as the William Fox Liberty Theatre, a movie house and music venue; the World Burlesque; and the Lotus Club.  In 1942 it reappeared as the Hi-Hat Club and then the 400 Club. It became the Sun Theatre in 1950 and two years later, the Lyn. The Faith Tabernacle Church used the venue between 1967-8. Vacant for decades, the Sun was badly deteriorated and nearing demolition. The structure was brought back to life through an 11.5 million dollar restoration effort headed by the Lawrence Group in 2013. The Grand Center Arts Academy is a public charter school serving 550 students from St. Louis and St. Louis County.  The school currently serves grades 6-10 and will expand to grades 6-12  by fall of 2015, with 800 students.  The only charter school in the City with a focus on the arts, the Academy offers a rigorous academic schedule and professional level arts training in dance, drama, music, choral music and visual arts. “The Sun Theatre will be a cultural asset to be shared with the community:  a beacon for the arts, education, and special programming. We are delighted that it will be shared with arts organizations throughout the city,” says Lynne Glickert, CEO and founder to the Grand Center Arts Academy. “Our students will have access to a space that many professionals don’t have. It’s really an incredible opportunity. We are serving the community and the community gets to be a part of this whole development that’s going on,” notes Keith Williams, GCAA’s director of Dance and Theatre. The celebration Gala will include live music, cocktails and dinner.  General tickets: $100.  VIP tickets: $250.  (VIP includes dinner) For more information and to purchase tickets visit: IMG_0803 Sun Theater - Feb 19 2014