WCA preparing for 100th Anniversary
In 2013, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Auditorium provides a world-class facility for concerts, conferences and special events in order to enhance the cultural and social life of Upstate South Carolina. Originally a grade school built in 1903, this auditorium was added in 1913, explains Walhalla Civic Auditorium executive director Bill Chisano. “When the building no longer suited school district needs, it lay empty until a group of citizens began discussing how to breathe new life into a wonderful building. The vision of restoring the auditorium came as early as 1991. The first performance happened on August 16, 2003 when Emile Pandolfi played to a full house.” The 100th anniversary of the Walhalla Civic Auditorium is a significant milestone, adds Chisano. “It is significant that the Auditorium and the complex is 100 years old. It does not look it because the folks that were involved in the renovation from 1991-2003 really did a wonderful job fixing it up. It really looks nice. It’s really the nicest entertainment venue in the county.” The Auditorium offers 453 seats including 140 in the balcony as well as a reception room with a 100-seat capacity. The Walhalla Civic Auditorium complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More information on the 100th anniversary celebration will be released in January.