Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center

City of Lawrenceville


Design Award:

Associated General Contractors of Georgia | Build Georgia Awards: Over $250 Million and CM at Risk | 2022

Lawrenceville, Georgia

50,000 SF; 525-seat mainstage theater

New Arts & Cultural Center

SSOE was selected by the City of Lawrenceville, Georgia to design a new arts and cultural center located in the heart of the city’s Historic Downtown District. The new performing arts venue will feature a contemporary yet respectful design and will include a new state-of-the-art 500-seat mainstage theatre, Cabaret theatre, office suites, and dedicated educational spaces for classes and practice.

Dynamic Location

The new center will connect to the city’s existing Aurora Theatre, which is currently located off Pike, Clayton, and Crogran Streets. Entrance into this new facility will open onto Clayton Street and will be located directly across from the city’s Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse grounds. Upon completion, the new 500-seat mainstage will host one of the largest performing arts stage in the state of Georgia.

Growing Economic Impact

In recent years, the Aurora Theatre has been praised for its growing regional economic impact. Receiving regional, local, and national awards, the Aurora Theatre has become the second largest professional performing arts theatre in the State of Georgia.

A Note From Mrs. Judy Jordan Johnson, City Of Lawrenceville Mayor

“This exciting project continues the dynamic transformation of the Downtown area. Lawrenceville is the heart of Gwinnett and maintains a central area rich with activity for all…This [new] 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…We are thrilled to play the role of a lifetime in the future of our community alongside the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County.”

The expansion of the Aurora Theatre, located in downtown Lawrenceville’s Historic District, will include a new 500-seat mainstage theatre, office suites, and educational / rehearsal spaces. The project also includes classroom space for Georgia Gwinnett College’s Music & Theatre studies.

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