Gallo Center for the Arts

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Gallo Center for the Arts
Exterior of the arts center (c.2012)
Former namesCentral Valley Center for the Arts (planning)
Gallo Performing Arts Center (planning)
Location1000 I St
Modesto, CA 95354-2381
OwnerStanislaus County[1]
OperatorGallo Center for the Arts, Inc.
Capacity1,248 (Mary Stuart Rogers Theater)
440 (Foster Family Theater)
Broke groundApril 27, 2004
OpenedSeptember 27, 2007
Construction cost$47 million
  • Carrier Johnson
  • John Sergio Fisher & Associates
  • Nestor & Gaffney Architecture
Project manager
  • Knudson-Benson Associate
  • Mitze Productions
Services engineer3QC
General contractorClark & Sullivan
Main contractorsRDC Project Development
Venue Website

The Gallo Center for the Arts is a performing arts center in Modesto, California.[2]

The building was formally opened on September 27, 2007 (the project cost was $47,000,000)[3] and features two theaters:[4] the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the Foster Family Theater.[5][6] The Gallo Center hosts six resident companies: Central West Ballet, the Modesto Community Concerts Association, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Modesto Performing Arts, Opera Modesto, and YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company. The Center has been toured and visited by many stars and notable figures since its opening day, with Patti LuPone becoming the first star to perform in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. Touring Broadway shows have also performed at the Center, from Evita and Cats to newer shows such as Shrek: The Musical.

When it was created, a permanent endowment fund was established ( in the amount of $15,000,000) to ensure that the events and educational programs provided could be affordable to the residents of Stanislaus and allow for the improvement of the facility as needed.[7]


  1. ^ "History". Gallo Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  2. ^ Clark, Pat (September 23, 2017). "Gallo Center, proving skeptics wrong for 10 years, invites you to its birthday party". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 2023-11-23.
  4. ^ "A Decade Ago: After-party on opening night at Gallo Center for the Arts". The Charlotte Observer. February 6, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Modesto, Stockton, Merced Symphonies Deliver Enthralling Classical Music". The Escalon Times. November 5, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Stapley, Garth (January 3, 2018). "Coming Friday to a theater near you: congressional debate". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "History". Retrieved 2023-11-23.