Last Sunday the Gallo Center for the Arts sustained severe water damage following an ice machine malfunction. The building was not in use at the time. Undetected until early Monday morning, the malfunction caused flooding in the first and second floor lobbies.
A major restoration effort, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is now taking place under the direction of Stanislaus County. The Gallo Center building is owned by the county, which in turn leases it for $1 per year to the non-profit organization which operates the Center.
The Gallo Center’s remaining shows in June—Dr. Eben Alexander, Carlos Mencia, Maxwell and The Piano Guys—will go on as planned. The Center will look very different to folks coming to those shows as well as others during the summer. Signs of construction are everywhere, but we know our wonderful patrons will see past that.
Other interim changes will be obvious. Our ticket office has been moved out to the first floor lobby for now. Temporary, smaller and cash-only concession stands also will be in the lobby. Damaged furniture as well as the Center’s carpeting will be gone, with replacements on the way.
Despite all this the Gallo Center will continue its laser-like focus on high quality customer service, so we can provide each and every patron with a great night out. A terrific new season is headed your way, and tickets are selling fast! And in a just few months’ time, the Gallo Center will be restored to a state as splendid as it was before the flooding.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this period, and for the many words of encouragement we have been receiving from the community. We also send enormous thanks to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, and to the county’s chief operations officer Patricia Hill Thomas and her incredible team, for their leadership in putting the Gallo Center on a path to full recovery from this devastating event.
Chief Executive Officer