The Center for the Arts Theater Incurs Extensive Water Damage – YubaNet


GRASS VALLEY, CA, March 19, 2023 – During the recent extreme weather conditions in our western Nevada County area, the Center for the Arts Marisa Funk Theater suffered extensive water damage. While we are still assessing the damage, it seems plausible that the entire main hall floor may need to be replaced.

This challenge commemorates mid-March 2020, when the Covid pandemic closed the Center for the Arts just before the newly remodeled theater opened to the public after a major multi-million dollar renovation project. The building that houses the Center for the Arts was originally a car dealership when it was built in the 1940s, and over time found it needed extensive renovations. The community came together to successfully raise over $4 million for this project. Following recent restoration, the main theater now seats 492, allowing for a customized seating and dance floor for each event. The theater also includes a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system, a larger stage, and an expanded lobby and bar.

Our team is currently working with professionals to evaluate our options. We are very grateful to HBE Rentals for letting us use their industrial fans and dehumidifiers as we try to protect the wooden floor from further damage while these rains continue. The Arts Center and the Marisa Funk Theater will remain open during the repairs.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a premier organizer of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual arts, and family programs, offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley.

The center recently completed a major renovation of its 21,000 square foot multipurpose facility in downtown Grass Valley, making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage, which can accommodate up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats and up to 700 guests for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.