Coming this fall: New downtown Dayton performing arts theater

The Arts Annex planned for downtown Dayton will have a theater with about 200 to 250 seats, classrooms and meeting spaces, according to information recently shared by the Victoria Theatre Association.

The new arts and education space is expected to open this fall, but the association is still looking for supporters to help "make the space a reality," Sue Stevens, Victoria's vice president of marketing and communications, told the audience before the Saturday afternoon showing of "Something Rotten."

The Arts Annex will open in the Courthouse Crossing building at West Second and North Ludlow streets, across from the western end of the Schuster Center.

The association also is seeking support to help fund scholarships for students who want to take classes or use the space for performances, she said.

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The Victoria Theatre Association is the owner and operator of the Victoria Theatre, the Schuster Center, the Metropolitan Arts Center and the Arts Garage. The association presents more than 150 performance events every year, including Broadway shows, musicals, comics, music acts and kids shows.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations have a $213 million impact on the Dayton region, according to a study released last year.

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