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Snapshots of History 14

This week's snapshot comes from August of 1985, during the theater's Rose Garden era. It shows the event program and crew setting up for Mountain Stage, which was held at the Rose Garden. Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio for more than 30 years. The show is produced in West Virginia and distributed nationally by NPR. Mountain Stage features performances across a wide array of genres that includes: folk, blues, country, indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and many more. Many of their shows are now held at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV, but some are at various venues throughout the area. We hope to bring Mountain Stage b

Snapshots of History 13

This week's snapshot is one of the earliest known exterior photographs of the Robinson Grand. The photo is not dated, but is thought to be taken just after the theater went under major renovations in 1927. Many elements of the front exterior are still in-tact and can be seen today. Throughout this time the theater was branded as the "Keith Grand", and played host to traveling Vaudevillian performers. During that same year, it became the 13th theater in the United States that could show movies with sound or "Talkies", as they were once referred to. This technical leap was achieved through Claude Robinson's close relationship with Albert Warner of Warner Brothers Studios.

Dominion Energy Contributes to Robinson Grand Capital Campaign

(pictured left to right: Benjamin Kroeck, Dominion Senior Philanthropy Coordinator; Christine Mitchell Dominion External Affairs Representative; Catherine Goings, Mayor City of Clarksburg; Ryan Tolley, Robinson Grand Executive Director; Bob Orndorff, Dominion State Policy Director; Brian Sheppard, Dominion Vice President; Anthony Bellotte, Assistant City Manager City of Clarksburg; Ben Hardesty, Capital Campaign Steering Committee Member) For Immediate Release Media Contact: Dominique Spatafore | 304-624-1620 Dominion Energy Presents Outstanding Contribution in Support of Robinson Grand Capital Campaign Clarksburg, WV – Dominion Energy and Staff of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center

Snapshots of History 12

This week's snapshot comes from October 1996 during the theater's Rose Garden era. The Vogues performed on October 5th to a packed house in Clarksburg. Who would you like to see on our newly renovated stage? Please comment via our social media pages and maybe your suggestion will become a reality!

City Secures $6,550,607 in Tax Credits

The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is closing a major chapter in funding. Today, within Council Chambers, City Manager Martin Howe presented an overview of New Market and Historic Tax Credits which were used to assist in financing the Robinson Grand as equity towards the overall project. In attendance for the presentation were members of the community, Clarksburg Development Authority, Urban Renewal Authority, Clarksburg Uptown, City Council, representative from Senator Capito’s office as well as members of the media. Historic tax credits are one of the most effective tools to ensure the viability of rehabilitation projects. Rehabilitation tax credits – available from both the federa

Construction Update

Construction Update - Interior work is expected to ramp-up soon. Roof installation on the main theater building is 75% complete. Masonry block and brick is currently being installed on the West Addition. Priority has been placed on finishing this aspect prior to the winter months. Masonry restoration has been completed on the original structure, with a final inspection left to perform. Drywall installation has just started with approximately 5% complete. Plaster repair on the main theater ceiling is underway. 85% of door frames have been installed. The 2nd floor bar is beginning to take shape, as drywall and other materials are added.

Snapshots of History 11

This week's snapshot comes from 1985. We believe it is a candid shot of cast and crew from the production "Barnum". The American musical is based on the life of P.T. Barnum, which combines traditional musical theater with elements of the circus. Please leave a comment if you can identify anyone in the photo.

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