Two new downtown arts venues hold grand openings

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There are now two additional stages for Augusta's actors and artists.

Both the Blue Horse Music Hall and a black box theatre now called Le Chat Noir now have new names and new looks.

Friday night, June 2, grand openings were held to promote them.

News 12 is on your side with how the new owners plan on directing dollars downtown.

A petite taste of France and some good ol' fashioned rock and roll are both making noise in Augusta.

"You know we want to expose Augusta to great music and great music to Augusta so that's kind of our thing," says Joe Stevenson, who is in charge of promoting the Blue Horse Music Hall.

When complete, the hall will house a stage, seats for 200, and something its competitors don't have: a recording studio.

"One of our hopes is to have CD's actually available as people are leaving, so we have a high speed duplicator in there," says general manager Steve Dierkens. "So we've put a ton of technology here as well as the cameras so that we can do DVD's and a lot of music."

Also recently renovated is Le Chat Noir, or "The Black Cat".

Its owners say they're not out to compete with larger venues like the Imperial. The black box theater only seats 80.

But it's small and intimate, and its dark comedies could draw crowds.

"Well we hope to establish an audience that will trust us to come see whatever we're doing whether they've heard of it or not," says co-owner Krys Anderson.

That's a goal shared by both of these incoming businesses, and it's one that could mean more dollars downtown.

"It's great too because people can come downtown," says Stevenson. "They can eat dinner at the great restaurants across the street, come to our show, then they can go across the street again to the Soul Bar or Stillwater and enjoy a great time downtown."

Neither the Blue Horse nor Le Chat Noir is open for business yet, but they will both be open next month.

Ticket prices for both venues will range from $10 to $15.