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Coppell Arts Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Coppell Arts Center is an exciting project for the City of Coppell — for both residents and local artists. Coppell is a special place to live, work and play, and the Arts Center will help us fulfill our vision of being a “Family Community for a Lifetime” by increasing access and public awareness to the arts.

Learn about this incredible new venue — scheduled to open in May 2020 Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — below, or by visiting the Coppell Arts Center website. Follow all the latest news and updates on the Arts Center's Facebook page​.



​​At the June 12, 2018 meeting​, the Coppell City Council voted six to one to approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the agreement between the City of Coppell and Core Construction, giving the City the green light to begin construction of a new Arts Center located in Old Town Coppell, the City's historic district. At the July 24, 2018 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve additional seats in the Main Stage Theater.    

The Coppell Arts Center is planned to be 32,250​ square-foot, one-story building, that will include a flexible theater, a main stage theater, a multipurpose room that expands the facility’s use beyond just the arts, exhibit, classroom and office space and a courtyard plaza. Construction is estimated to be completed by Spring 2020​. ​The project will be funded through the Coppell Recreation Development Corporation (CRDC), a sales tax revenue fund that was established to undertake projects for youth and adult amateur athletics, entertainment and public gathering facilities, exhibition and museum facilities, parks and recreational facilities and more. Coppell voters re-authorized the CRDC’s use of sales tax revenue in the November 5, 2013 election.​


Visit the Arts Center Frequently Asked Questions Page for more!

​Main Stage Theater

The main performance hall will seat up to 441​ patrons and will include 2,200 square feet of stage space. 

Flexible Theater

The black box/flex theater will seat 195 patrons (depending on seating arrangement) and total 2,650 square feet. 

Multi-Purpose Space

The multi-purpose space will total 2,000 square feet, accommodate 100-165 people and will be used for community and arts organizations to hold rehearsals and meetings. 

Additional Spaces

In addition to the three main areas, there will be a gallery and studio space. The gallery will provide pre-function, waiting, gallery, banquets, lectures, and concessions.  The space provides natural light and panoramic views to the Old Town Square.  Artwork will be displayed in the gallery and multi-purpose areas.  The studio provides flexible classroom space intended for visual, textile, and graphic artists, but it can be used in a variety of ways. The studio contains tables, chairs, cabinets and storage. 


Construction Update

While the grand opening scheduled for May 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19, construction of the facility has continued. Trees are planted in The Grove — the facility's outdoor community gathering space and the theatrical rigging system in the Main Hall is complete. Interior finishes and wood paneling are currently being installed in the performance spaces, and the front entrance is taking shape. ​

Additional updates will be posted as they become available.

Background information 

The idea of building an arts center venue was initially discussed many years ago, during the development of Old Town Coppell. In 1999, the City of Coppell converted an unused fire station to the Coppell Center for the Arts, also home to Theatre Coppell. The theatre is an intimate, 124-seat theatre with seating on three sides of the stage and approximately 7,500 square feet. 

As the City grew, so did its needs for a larger arts venue. In 2015, after a presentation from Theatre Coppell, the idea of an arts center was revisited, and the City contracted with Corgan Architects to perform preliminary program and site planning for either the existing theater’s renovation, renovation and expansion, and/or an option for the construction of a new theater located in Old Town Coppell. ​This preliminary programming study was reviewed by the City Council during their October 25, 2016 work session, and it was utilized to create the initial schematic design. 

After much research, the Coppell City Council determined that City staff and the architect should begin focusing on the potential construction of a new arts facility located in Old Town. In January 2017, the Coppell City Council approved an architectural services agreement with Corgan for the proposed Coppell Arts Center​. The​ budget for the facility is approximately $17 million, including construction, design, furniture and fixtures, construction management, parking and contingency. Funding for the project will be through the CRDC. 

In June 2017, the Coppell City Council authorized Corgan to move forward with Design and Development, and Construction Document Services. Corgan Architects presented an Operations Study to the City Council on July 25, 2017. This report was the result of Council's review of the schematic plans presented to Council on May 30, 2017.  

In January and February 2018, Corgan spoke to Council about the design of the Arts Center façade.​  

The City Council approved the construction of the Arts Center, priced at approximately $17 million, at the June 12, 2018 meeting. The project will be primarily funded by the Coppell Recreation and Development Corporation (CRDC), a sales tax revenue fund that was established to undertake projects for youth and adult amateur athletics, entertainment and public gathering facilities, exhibition and museum facilities, parks and recreational facilities and more. Coppell voters re-authorized the CRDC's use of sales tax revenue in the November 5, 2013 election.

At the July 24, 2018 meeting, the City Council approved a seating increase in the Main Stage Theatre from 315 to 441 seats in order to attract larger regional shows. 

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday, December 3, 2018, to mark the beginning of construction and the grand opening date — spring 2020 — was announced in April 2019. 

*** On February 19, 2020, the Coppell Arts Center announced its official Grand Opening weekend — May 14-17, 2020 — along with the line up to include Kristin Chenoweth, Rodney Atkins, the Architects of Air Luminarium exhibition, "Locally Sourced" exhibition, and a Community Day featuring local artists, live music, an artisan market, and more. Tickets will be available starting March 18. Visit​ for more information. *** The grand opening of the Arts Center has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled for a later date.***

​reports and Documents

City News Releas​es​

06/14/2018:  Coppell City Council Approves Construction of Arts Center
07/27/2018:  Coppell City Council Approves Additional Seats at Arts Center
11/21/2018:  Arts Center Groundbreaking Set for December 3​​
12/28/2018:  City Hires Arts Center Managing Director
04/09/2019:  Art Center Announces Grand Opening Date
04/25/2019:  Preview the Coppell Arts Center on May 4
02/21/2020:  Kristin Chenoweth to Headline CAC Grand Opening


Arts Center Business Plan
Arts Center Timeline
10/25/2016: Preliminary Programming Study
07/20/2017: Operations Study
01/08/2018: Façade Options Report

​In the News

11/20/2019:  Arts Center Final Leg of Old Town
12/10/2019:  City Forms Arts Foundation
01/31/2020:  Arts Center Partnership
02/19/2020:  Grand Opening Headliners​