Performing Arts Cente
The city of McKinney breathed new life into the historic seat of Collin County government in 2005, renovating and restoring the 1876 Collin County Courthouse to serve as the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Since the center's doors opened in early 2006, it has presented live music, dance, comedy, and stage play performances in addition to sponsoring and hosting a wide variety of arts programs, including dance classes, youth arts camps, and acting lessons. The McKinney Repertory Theatre and the Young Actors Guild are both based out of the Performing Arts Center, as are several of McKinney's other arts organizations.
The Grotto, McKinney's rock-n-roll bar that celebrates the music of the 1980s and ‘90s through live performances every Friday and Saturday night, has a hip and trendy ambiance with live music as its central focus. The club's interior design includes natural stone walls, ceiling acoustic panels, and CD cover art adorning the walls. There is table and booth seating downstairs, and cozy balcony seating and a full bar are masterful included in the floor plan. Appetizers, pizza, and Italian cuisine are available. Signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, but most all, good, live music are what keep the Grotto rockin'.
A big part of McKinney's character comes from its appreciation of its own heritage. This is a way of life here, so much so that historical preservation has long been considered a cornerstone of civic responsibility. The city's Historic District, comprised of homes, businesses, and municipal buildings, some dating as far back as the 1860s, is one of the loveliest places for a leisurely stroll in town. Although many cities McKinney's size preserve historic features in their city centers and main streets, this town has maintained the presence of the past in about a quarter of the city without impeding progress.