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BARC announces record attendance for the 2023 Christmas season!

The Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation (BARC) is pleased to report that more than 6,000 people of all ages came downtown to events at the Granada Theater and Raleigh Street Cinemas for movies, music, dance recitals, live theater, school field trips, and holiday parties during the 2023 Christmas season. This record level of attendance represents a 20% increase from the number of people who visited the Granada during the Christmas season a year earlier.

In addition to first-run movies and classic Christmas films, visitors enjoyed a variety of entertainment including live theater in a production of Miracle on 34th Street, dance from the students of STARZ Performing Arts Academy, and music from Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and Chosen Road. The latter event – Chosen Road’s Hometown Christmas – was a sell-out, with Mercer County’s favorite gospel bluegrass group joined on stage at the Granada by the Church Sisters and Karen Peck and New River.

“During the holiday season, BARC was pleased to play its part in promoting Bluefield as West Virginia’s Christmas City. Our programs brought local residents, school children, businesspeople, and tourists to downtown Bluefield, helping further BARC’s purpose of using the arts to create opportunities for entertainment, employment, and education in the city’s downtown,” said Tim Smith, House Manager and Programming Director of the Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation.

The Granada Theater and Raleigh Street Cinemas offer first-run movies and multiple other entertainment options throughout the year. The theater and cinemas are also available for rent for private events. For information on tickets please visit For rental information, please call Tim Smith at 304.887.2378.


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