Arts & Culture
The Arts have played a vital role in the enhancement of the quality of life in Garland. With the completion of the Garland Center for the Performing Arts in June of 1982, the City of Garland began a trend among Texas suburbs to build local facilities where the arts would flourish. The Center houses two elegant proscenium theatres with seating for 720 and 200. These theatres can accommodate everything from Broadway touring shows to symphony concerts. The Granville Arts Complex attracts over 170,000 patrons per year with two-thirds of the patrons coming from outside the Garland area.
The Garland Cultural Arts Commission (GCAC) was established in 1986 and has played an active role in the development of the arts community. The GCAC has also developed a grant program whereby meritorious cultural groups may apply for funding on an annual basis.
In 2003, the Garland City Council named the Arts Center for Patty Granville, who has managed the facility since its opening and has been a driving force in the growth and expansion of the Center. In the same year, The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center was dedicated. The Atrium provides a magnificent setting for special events such as wedding receptions, fundraisers and conventions. The Atrium’s luxurious glass-lined lobby covers over 3,100 square feet. The 6,500 square feet banquet hall is encased in glass on two sides and opens onto a spacious courtyard.
The Plaza Theatre, located on the square in downtown Garland, was donated to the City of Garland in 1991 by Sherri and John Skelton. It was elegantly renovated in 2001 by the City of Garland. The spacious domed lobby of the Plaza Theatre features a spectacular chandelier and a 350 seat auditorium.
Major Affiliate Cultural Groups
- Garland Civic Theatre founded in 1968
- Garland Summer Musicals created in 1983
- The Garland Symphony Orchestra founded in 1978
The Garland Landmark Museum
The Garland Landmark Museum is housed in the former Santa Fe Railroad. It was preserved by the Society and currently houses the Museum, which holds artifacts from 1850 to the present. You can call 972-205-2790 or visit their website for more information.
For more information on the Arts in Garland visit the Garland Arts website.
The Granville Arts Center & Plaza Theatre
The Granville Arts Center complex includes two elegant proscenium theatres that can accommodate everything from Broadway touring shows to symphony concerts. The Arts Center also features the luxurious Atrium banquet hall with seating up to 500, and the exquisite Art Deco Plaza Theatre on the Downtown Square. The Garland Arts Facilities feature year-round performances by Affiliate arts groups and many other organizations throughout the Southwest.
All facilities are available for rental. The Granville Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during all performances. To rent the Arts Center or Plaza Theatre, call 972-205-2780. To rent the Atrium, call 972-205-3981. The Arts Center complex is located at:
300 N Fifth Street
Garland, TX 75040
The Plaza Theatre is located downtown at:
521 W State Street
Garland, TX 75040