The arts in the South End have been growing at an accelerated rate. Calling itself an ''urban cultural village,'' the Boston Center for the Arts is a four-acre complex that houses the Mills Gallery, the Community Music Center of Boston, The Beehive (a bistro and bar with live entertainment nightly), 40 artist studios, the Boston Ballet school and rehearsal studios, the intimate Plaza and Black Box theaters, and, since 2004, the Calderwood Pavilion, which provides a second theater for the Huntington Theater Co. as well as a home for two other companies. (Several other restaurants and shops also share space in these buildings.) The complex, built in 1850 as an organ factory, also includes the 23,000-square-foot Cyclorama rotunda.
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