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Exhibits, Art Galleries and More at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall

Post Date:10/13/2019

Exhibits, Art Galleries and More at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall

By Mayor Marsha McLean


Santa Clarita is a City of the arts. Home to public art pieces like the Imag_ne sculpture and the recently unveiled sidewalk poetry project. We are a City that embraces the contributions of artists. Whether it is the legends of western film, like William S. Hart, or an artist just starting out, there are endless opportunities to be inspired by Santa Clarita’s picturesque, natural beauty.


When the City Council adopted the Arts Master Plan in 2016, we knew that creating a platform for artists to network and learn was crucial to our outreach efforts. That same year, was launched, offering a full list of exhibitions, public art, an events calendar and opportunities to learn.


A great opportunistic moment in Santa Clarita’s artistic repertoire was the ribbon cutting at The MAIN in June 2017. Formerly known as the Repertory East Playhouse, the building was home to a rich history of live theatre productions. The rebirth of this facility created a space solely dedicated to the arts in Santa Clarita. The building also sits in the center of Old Town Newhall’s Arts and Entertainment District, making it the perfect place for artists to showcase their work during SENSES Block Parties.

The feature that sets this facility apart is the rotating art that features a different artist’s work each and every month. Artists can even host their own art reception on the third Thursday of the month that their art is showcased. In just a few days, visitors will enjoy ‘Three Projects: Small, Medium and Large’: a remarkable collection of photographs featuring scenes from artist Ted Dayton, with an opening reception beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17.

The MAIN also serves as a user-friendly and versatile event space that can be rented for practically any occasion including parties, film shoots, plays, movie screenings and corporate events. The revitalized building now boasts state of the art production equipment, a newly renovated green room and lobby, in addition to the gorgeous building facade that greets visitors. In addition to 81 stadium seats facing a large open stage, the venue features high-end equipment perfect for any production including a 32-channel digital soundboard, house speakers and a retractable screen with projector. Those interested in renting The MAIN for an affordable rate can visit to access a rental inquiry form.

As The MAIN serves as a blank canvas for artists to perform, there are also a variety of shows and events open to the general public, and just in time for the holiday season! In October and November, The MAIN will be home to over 20 shows and events open to the public and a great opportunity to experience the arts with family and friends.

There has never been a better time to celebrate local artists throughout Santa Clarita. Your City Council understands that art is a crucial piece of our thriving City and our legendary history of art grows with each contribution. I’m proud of the work we have done and look forward to the artistic milestones we will reach in the months to come.

For more information about upcoming shows and exhibits, please visit for a full calendar of events. Those interested in showcasing their work, or rentals, can call The MAIN at (661) 290-2255 or email Don’t forget to use the hashtag #AtTheMain when using social media!

Marsha McLean is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at

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