Operating in the heart of downtown New London, the Garde Arts Center is a non-profit professional performing arts center and home to one of the few remaining historic movie palaces in Connecticut. The Garde Theatre was built in 1926 during the golden era of the motion pictures and vaudeville. The restored Moroccan interior, along with the expanded lobbies and function spaces, provide an impressive atmosphere for audiences to enjoy a wide variety of cinematic and theatrical performances.
The Garde is nationally recognized for its unique architecture and multi-faceted programming serving Southeastern Connecticut. In addition to the Garde Theatre, the Garde owns a complex of three adjoining buildings including the 110-seat intimate Oasis Room, the Garde Gallery, the Mercer Building, and the Meridian Building, comprising an “arts block” of creative enterprises.