Planners can add cultural flair to events in Northern California at the historic Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. Located in Tracy, California, the Grand Theatre is an hour’s drive from Sacramento and a 90-minute drive from San Francisco. This 37,000-sq.-ft. venue originally opened in 1923 as a vaudeville house and now regularly hosts plays, concerts, comedy shows and weekly Friday night jazz performances. “The beauty of the original brick walls in the lobby combined with the new retro style of the renovation makes the venue especially appealing,” says Kim Scarlata, division manager of the Tracy city manager’s office.
The Grand Theatre Center has two separate meeting spaces. Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Theatre (known among locals as ETK) seats 584 people and has advanced audiovisual capabilities. The more intimate Studio Theatre can accommodate up to 104 guests.