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Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand) opened its doors with a three-day celebration on Jan. 14-16, 2011. The center is located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets, in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. Administrative offices and art gallery are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MCL Grand gives the many arts groups in the Greater Lewisville area a facility to perform and display their works and also hosts other regional and national shows and exhibits, events, classes and meetings. The facility features a 296-seat theater with acoustics designed for both speech and music, a 2,200-square-foot art gallery, a 2,400-square-foot dance recital hall, 3,000-square-foot black box and 1,750 square feet of classrooms. A courtyard from Charles Street to the theater lobby is large enough to host small outside performances and dinners.

Page Sutherland Page architectural firm designed the center, which draws upon similarities to the existing buildings in Old Town Lewisville. Several local arts groups provided input in the planning stages of the facility. Tax Increment Refinance Zone bonds funded most of the project.


Lewisville Looks Back: Route 66

1962 Route 66 filmingDid you know Lewisville, Texas, is located along the famed highway Route 66? Actually, it isn't. But that didn't stop a production crew from making a stop in Lewisville in January 1962 to tape an episode of the legendary Route 66 television program. Renamed "Kilkenny, Texas" for the episode, Lewisville served as the backdrop for stars Martin Milner, George Maharis, Tuesday Weld, Cloris Leachman, and Burt Reynolds as they filmed scenes across many of the city's iconic sites.

Join us as local historian Robin Cole-Jett speaks briefly about some of the historical landmarks featured in the episode and shares “then and now” photos for attendees to explore. Attendees will also view the premiere of a short video featuring stories from residents who remember the big event. The evening culminates with a screening of the full episode of “Love Is a Skinny Kid.”

For the last 20 years, Robin Cole-Jett has been documenting the storied history of the Red River Valley of the Old Southwest. When she's not busy researching in archives or looking for ghost towns, she's teaching history at North Central Texas College. Robin also conducts tours of Bonnie & Clyde's Dallas, designs museum exhibits, and gives presentations on diverse regional history topics. Robin has four books out and is working on her fifth. Originally from the bright lights of Paris (Texas), since 1997 she's been profoundly glad to call Lewisville her home.

Arrive early to admire a collection of Corvettes similar to the ones featured in Route 66. Local members of the Red River Chapter of the Solid Axle Corvette Club will display their vehicles on Charles Street in front of the MCL Grand starting at 5 p.m.

Event is free to attend but guests are asked to RSVP via mclgrand.tix.com.

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