Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center Set for What Should be Busy May with Full Entertainment Lineup
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on May 05, 2022
April was an exciting month at the historic theatre in downtown Clarksburg. Audiences filled the seats to see country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys and Pam Tillis, as well as the West Virginia Dance Company. The month began with a showing of Peter Rabbit 2: the Runaway as a part of Clarksburg’s monthly First Friday event. The Clarksburg Mission also hosted a special screening of the documentary Tipping the Pain Scale. When the public wasn’t taking in concerts and films, the facility was rented for private events, specifically a wedding and a prom.
“Somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 people came through the doors of the Robinson Grand in April,” said Jason A Young, the Robinson Grand’s consulting program manager. “As we move into May and dance recital and graduation season, my guess is that number is only going to go up.”
May programming begins on Friday, May 6 with a 7:00 p.m. showing of La Bamba. This event is a part of Clarksburg’s First Friday festivities. To celebrate the film’s 35th Anniversary, the Grand is hosting a “View & Brew.” All beer purchased from the concession stand will be half-priced.
Later in the month, Big Time Entertainment is bringing Country and Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder to downtown Clarksburg on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.
“We are over 70% sold out for Ricky Skaggs at this point,” said Young. “With over three weeks to go till the show, if people wait too long, they are going to miss an incredible concert.”
The Robinson Grand will be busy for the rest of the month with three commencement ceremonies, three dance recitals, and a wedding.
“I don’t think people realize just how many private rentals we get, especially in the spring,” said Young. “This is why we are currently making announcements about our fun summer happenings like Gone in 60 Seconds and Captain Fantastic.”
The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is one of West Virginia's premier performance venues. A recent $15 million renovation has transformed our beautiful historic local theater into one the state's most spectacular small theater destinations in which to experience an event. Preserving the distinct historical charm of the 1913 theater, the Robinson Grand boasts the most modern updates and conveniences of any local performance venue. The comfortable 1,000-seat size of the theater makes every seat feel intimately connected with the onstage performance.