Lawrenceville Approves $31-Million Expanded Arts Complex Project

County seat moves forward with major facilities expansion, 500-seat theater and education space in downtown

The City of Lawrenceville Mayor and Council voted unanimously to move forward with plans for an expanded arts and education center in its downtown. Though the City is fronting the investment, fifty percent (50 percent) of the total is planned to come from the City’s arts and educational partners. The expanded facility will include a 500-seat theater, encompass the existing theater facilities managed by the Aurora Theatre and incorporate additional educational space, a cabaret theater, office space and room for complimentary development on the Crogan Street side of the block. This decision furthers the City’s vision to be ‘the college town of tomorrow… where art comes alive in a talent-rich regional epicenter…’ set forth in its new 2040 Comp Plan.

“This exciting project continues the dynamic transformation of the downtown area,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Lawrenceville is the heart of Gwinnett and maintains a central area rich with activity for all generations. This facility will bring the arts community together with educational opportunities and all the other amenities that our vibrant community has to offer to create a dynamic core for Gwinnett County.”

The facility will be constructed on the block surrounded by Pike, Clayton and Crogan Streets with its front entry opening onto Clayton Street across from the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Grounds. The Aurora Theatre contracts with the City to manage, operate and craft programming for both its current venue and the future facility being proposed. Though the facility is expected to transform the landscape of downtown, City officials remain dedicated to retaining the historically intrinsic nature of downtown Lawrenceville’s architecture and infrastructure and blending it with a progressive community engagement center.

“Staff is diligently working to ensure that this facility honors the progressive vision of the Council while still contributing to the historic significance and aesthetic appeal of the square,” added Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We have heard the public comments and desires of our community and look forward to delivering a product that all residents and patrons to our downtown can be proud of and enjoy.”

The community provided much needed input on the design and direction of the project and with that input, the City will move forward to begin demo and construction in the next 90 to 120 days.  The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2020. For more information on the City of Lawrenceville, please visit

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, now in its 23rd Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 850 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Aurora. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of ten 2017 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013”, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

Aurora Theatre
128 East Pike Street 
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

 www.auroratheatre.comOpens company website
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