Garden Grove

Concert hall proposal for Amphitheater

"PIRATES OF PENZANCE" is one of the popular plays staged by Shakespeare Orange County at the Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove (SOC photo).

“PIRATES OF PENZANCE” is one of the popular plays staged by Shakespeare Orange County at the Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove (SOC photo).

Main Street Garden Grove, concert destination?

That’s the idea behind a proposal from a group that has expressed interest in leasing the Festival Amphitheater in the Village Green Park for a widely-expanded menu of entertainment offerings.

gg-logo_lg-e1446082015536At Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council, the LFA Group, LLC, will make a presentation on its plan to “transform the … amphitheater into an exciting destination for live entertainment by curating shows that are current, diverse and relevant.”

The LFA Group, whose members have experience in operating other venues such as concert halls, bars and restaurants, is proposing to rent the 550-seat open-air facility which is currently home to Shakespeare Orange County and M&D Silva Enterprises, which sponsors movies, concerts and other entertainment.

Under the proposal – which won’t be formally considered by the council until the Jan. 24 meeting – the LFA Group would not pay rent for a three-year period, but instead make at least $125,000 in improvements to the facility, including upgrades to the inside and outside of the building, restrooms, stage, concession stand, box office, lighting and sound system. The total cost of the improvements could exceed $290,000.

According to the LFA proposal, the existing tenants would remain and “are supportive of the initiative, given the opportunity to realize significant technical and capital improvements at the facility.”

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. (at Euclid Street).

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