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Halloran Centre grand opening scheduled for September 23

Michael Sheffield
Memphis Business Journal

A little more than 18 months after ground was broken, the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education will hold its grand opening and dedication Sept. 23.
The $15 million facility, which was designed by The Crump Firm and was built by Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc., will include more than 20 different educational programs for more than 70,000 children in the Memphis metropolitan area.

In May, the board of directors of the Orpheum announced the facility would be named after Pat Halloran, who has served as president and CEO of the theater since 1980. Halloran led the effort to not only keep the theater open, but also to renovate and revitalize it.

When the announcement was made, Andy Taylor, chairman of the board, said naming the center after Halloran was an easy decision to make.

“Pat’s vision for this educational center has inspired not only the board of directors, but the entire community,” Taylor said. “What we do to educate and expose our children to the arts today will pay huge dividends to the Memphis of tomorrow. The board chose to honor the man whose vision put us on this course and to recognize all of Pat Halloran’s accomplishments over the past 35 years by naming the educational center in his honor. The Orpheum, the Centre, the success of [the organization] during Pat’s tenure, is a legacy to be celebrated.”