PORT HUENEME : Cultural Center’s $86,000 Budget OKd

The Port Hueneme City Council on Wednesday approved a program budget for the city’s performing arts hall.

The director of the Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center, which attracts performers from around the world, asked for $86,000 to finance the 1992-93 season, an amount that would be partly repaid by ticket sales and donations.

Port Hueneme Finance Director Jim Hanks said the city is falling short of its nearly $7-million budget this year by about $167,000.

But Hanks said the Wright Center is doing better than most performing arts halls, which generally repay only 50% to 55% of their allocated funds. The Wright Center is expected to return 80% this year.


The Wright Center, in its fourth year, has acts such as the Royal Museum Ballet from New Zealand and the Imperial Warriors of the Peking Opera, said director Denis Murrin.

In the past nine shows, the 565-seat center has sold out five times and averaged about 400 ticket purchasers on other occasions, Murrin said.