The Garde Arts Center was created in 1985 as a non-profit performing arts organization in order to save and reuse the historic Garde Theatre, one of the few remaining historic movie palaces in Connecticut. Built in 1926 during the golden era of motion pictures and vaudeville theatres, the recently restored Moroccan interior of the Garde Theatre, along with the new seats and state-of-the-art stage equipment, provide a very audience-friendly theatre venue in a warm and beautiful atmosphere. Today the Garde is becoming nationally recognized for its unique architecture and multi-faceted programming.
The Garde Arts Center is not just the Garde Theatre. It has become an “arts block” of historic buildings, which are all being transformed into a multi-space center for arts, education, commerce, and community events. The four-story Garde Office Building, which has been one of the most desired professional and commercial buildings in New London for decades, has been transformed into expanded lobbies, box office space and a 130-seat performance and function hall called the Oasis Room. The three-story Mercer Building provides offices for Garde administration and has a historic function hall that is slated to become a performance space for smaller audiences. The one-story Meridian Building houses commercial and non-profit businesses as well as stage support space.Copyright © 2020 Garde Arts Center. All rights reserved
Copyright © 2020 Garde Arts Center. All rights reserved