CENTERVILLE -- The curtain is about to go up on the $14.3 million Davis Center for the Performing Arts.
The project, nearly five years in the making, will stage its opening gala on Feb. 11 and 12.
But prior to those dates, the public is being allowed to get a sneak peek at the 63,000-foot center consisting of a 516-seat CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, a 200-seat flexible "black box" theater and numerous rehearsal halls.
The center, 525 N. 400 West in Centerville, is offering community open house tours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 7, said Susan Bellomy, director of marketing and development for CenterPoint Legacy Theatre.
The center is a collaborative funding effort among Bountiful and Centerville cities and Davis County, which is providing $2 million in tourism tax revenues to the project, Bellomy said.
In November 2007, voters in Centerville and Bountiful authorized a recreation, arts and parks sales and use tax of 1 cent per $10 for an eight-year period. The two cities have committed about 90 percent of the RAP revenue to the center.
"If we work together, we can accomplish a lot," said Centerville Mayor Ron Russell. "Sometimes it makes sense to ignore boundaries."
Russell said there will be interest in holding community events in the building -- a building that will be a great resource for a lot of different groups, including schools.
"It is going to be great," Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson said of the center.
The cities on the south end of Davis County are trying to do some projects together, such as the South Davis Metro Fire Agency and South Davis Recreation Center, and the new theater is part of that concept, where each city does not need its own performing arts theater, Johnson said.
"I'm seeing it as one of those avenues that we couldn't do by ourselves," Johnson said of the project. "We're very happy with it."
Bountiful's contribution to the theater is most of the revenue stream its RAP tax will generate, Johnson said.
"We're happy to do it. I think we will have a wonderful gathering place for the arts," said Johnson, who this month was reappointed to the administrative control board for the center.
The board consists of Johnson and Russell, along with a council representative from Centerville and Bountiful, plus a representative of the Centerville Redevelopment Agency, which owns the 2.67 acres on which the center is built.
Rodgers Memorial Theatre, of Centerville, has merged into the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, which is part of the performing arts center and provides an improved setting over the strip mall where the Rodgers Memorial Theatre was once located.
"There is a lot of creative opportunity for us," Bellomy said of the new theater that offers a Juliet balcony, a Star Trekish-technical board, a stage door large enough for a vehicle set -- something they might use in "Ragtime" -- and a stage lift that allows for the melting of a witch, transforming a beast to a prince or creating an orchestra pit for a musical.
"I think (the center) is the culmination of many, many people's efforts," said Don McCauley, the theater's chief financial officer. "It's a landmark to generous people with the time to bring this about."
The 2011 theater season begins Feb. 14 with the production "Hairspray."
Season and single-show tickets are on sale. For ticket or theater tour reservation information, call 801-298-1302 or visit www.CenterPointTheatre.org.
Standard-Examiner correspondent Antone Clark contributed to this article.
Here's what it has taken to raise the curtain on the
Davis Center for the Performing Arts in Centerville:
* 1.6 million pounds of concrete in masonry walls.
* 132,880 feet of electrical wire.
* 88,823 tons of earth moved in site prep work.
* 18,000 feet of data/system wire.
* More than 5,000 season tickets sold.
* 2,637 cubic yards of concrete in footings and
* 1,331 light fixtures.
* 700 gallons of paint on finished product.
* 450 gallons of primer.
* 377 tons of steel structure.
* 118 outlets.
* 112 tons of reinforcing rebar.