Mar 3, 2016

Dominion Arts Center unveils new marquee

Workers dropped the curtain on the new marquee for the renamed Dominion Arts Center on Thursday. 

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and Thomas F. Farrell II chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources Inc., were on hand for the unveiling.

The new marquee and additional exterior signage are part of the facility’s renaming in recognition of a $5.5 grant commitment from Dominion Resources’ charitable foundation.

City Council approved the name change in January.

The money will be paid over 15 years and will be used for upkeep of the arts facility. The facility includes the historic Carpenter Theatre, which was built in 1928 as a movie palace, and remnants of the former Thalhimers department store which was turned into Rhythm Hall, the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and an education center.

The $73.5 million project was built as a public-private partnership between CenterStage, City Council and the office of the mayor. It was first proposed in 2001. Work began in 2007, and it opened two years later.