Garde Arts Center

Written by Amy Hall
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The Garde Arts Center in New London is one of the many Connecticut attractions that tourists make time for during their stay. This center was established in 1985 as a non-profit performing arts organization, which is committed to excellence in the arts. Located in Southeastern Connecticut, the Garde Arts Center is not a far drive from seaport towns such as Mystic and Old Saybrook.

When the Garde Arts Center was established, the primary goal was to save and reuse the historic Garde theatre, which was one of the last remaining historic movie palaces in the entire state of Connecticut. This theatre was built in 1926 during the golden era of motion pictures and film. The restoration of the theatre has improved the interior considerably, and patrons can get comfortable in the new seats, while they enjoy the state-of-the-art stage equipment and Moroccan decor.

The Garde Arts Center is now becoming nationally recognized for its diverse programming and spectacular architecture. If you are planning to visit Connecticut in the near future for a brief getaway or an extended vacation, you should try to carve out some time in your schedule to visit this historical theatre. There are also four adjacent historical buildings, which are being transformed into a multi-space center for the arts, as well as for education, commerce, and community activities and events.

The Historic Garde Arts Center

The Garde is home to the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, which puts on some spectacular shows throughout the year. There are also dance, musical theatre, contemporary music, and family events that are entertaining for both children and adults. If you are staying in Mystic or a nearby town, you will be a stone's throw away from the Garde, so make sure you stop in and check out one of Connecticut's biggest attractions.


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