Long Island Theatre Community Joins Forces to Aid Theatre Three After Devastating Flood Damage – Broadway World

Long Island Theatre Community Joins Forces to Aid Theatre Three After Devastating Flood Damage – Broadway World

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Long Island Theatre Community Joins Forces to Aid Theatre Three After Devastating Flood DamageAfter severe flooding in the Port Jefferson area, community theatre staple Theatre Three suffered severe damages leaving its staff, performers and patrons devastated.

However, efforts quickly went into the works to raise money to restore the theatre – perhaps best known for their annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Those interested in helping the theatre’s restoration can visit theatrethreetickets.com/donations or donate through a separate GoFundMe campaign. However, the theatre is happy to say they have reached their goal and more!

And despite the tragedy, the show must go in. The theatre currently plans to proceed with their latest production of “The Addams Family” when it is scheduled to return on Friday.

Long Island Theatre Community Joins Forces to Aid Theatre Three After Devastating Flood Damage
“The Addams Family” at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson

Additionally, the theatre has received an inspiring amount of support from the entire Long Island theatre community through social media and beyond.

“I’m happy to say that we have had an amazing outpouring of generosity and have raised a lot more money than we expected,” said Jeffrey Sanzel, the theatre’ artistic director.


The GoFundMe campaign alone raised over $1,500.

“We have been overwhelmed but the generosity of the Long Island theatre community–and the Long Island community in general,” he said.

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Celebrating 90 years of the Tennessee Theatre

Celebrating 90 years of the Tennessee Theatre

The Theatre lost its shine after a few decades, but is glowing again

The Tennessee Theatre is as grand now as it was on opening day, thanks to a $25.5 million dollar renovation in the mid-2000’s.

Over the years, the theater’s majesty had faded a bit. People started going to big cineplexes to see movies. Downtown Knoxville had some hard times, with residents living, shopping, and looking for entertainment in the suburbs. It even closed several times during the 70’s.

In 1981, the theater was purchased by James A. Dick, the man who founded Dick Broadcasting and started radio station WIVK. The theater was then transformed from a single-screen movie theater into more of a performing arts venue, with concerts and plays.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Knoxville Opera began holding regular performances.

But the theater, in addition to looking a little faded and worse for wear, wasn’t the ideal location for live performances. The stage was too small for most big, touring productions, and all of the equipment had to be loaded in through the front door because the back of the theater was two stories above State Street. There also wasn’t much a of backstage area for dressing rooms or set storage.

In 1996, the non-profit Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation was founded to oversee the Theatre and to raise money to restore and renovate the building.

One of the first steps to bring the building back to its former glory was the restoration of the Mighty Wurlitzer. In 2000, the console, pipes, and other parts were removed and shipped to Reno, NV, where it was refurbished. On October 1, 2001, on the theater’s 73rd birthday, the Wurlltzer was back and ushered in the beginning of a public fundraising campaign to fully restore the Tennessee.

It took years of planning and fundraising, but finally, on June 1, 2003, the Tennessee Theatre closed its doors so the work could begin.They would not only completely restore the former movie palace, but also transform it into a world-class performing arts center.

The renovation was magnificent. The building was repainted by hand, in the original colors. The twelve-foot chandeliers in the lobby were taken down and shipped off to be repaired and reassembled. Designers poured over old photos to discover lost architectural designs or flourishes in the original plans, and they were replicated.

Architects also dealt with the limitations of the theater. They built an extension over State Street and included a massive lift to allow sets and other equipment to be loaded into the back door and brought up to stage level. The stage size itself was increased. State-of-the-art LED lighting was installed, and the audience area was reconfigured to add more seating.

Nineteen months and nearly $30 million later, on January 15, 2005, the Tennessee Theatre reopened as “a resplendent entertainment palace with 21st century technical amenities and a fully restored decorative interior.”

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The Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Photos courtesy Tennessee Theatre

Tennessee Theatre

Guests once again swarmed to the Tennessee for its grand re-opening. Some attended “The Tennessee: A Waltz Through Time,” to watch local performers bring the past alive, much as the theater itself had been revived. An open house that weekend also drew more than 5,000 guests.

Since then, the Tennessee Theatre has hosted a little bit of entertainment for everyone— from Broadway musicals to popular musicians to classic films. It’s still the home of the Knoxville Opera and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and has even been featured in Hollywood movies and hosted premieres.

The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation still oversees the mission of the venue, the Tennessee is now managed and operated by A.C. Entertainment. Its star shows no signs of dimming as the Theatre enters its 91st year.

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/celebrating-90-years-of-the-tennessee-theatre/51-598261139

Historic Theatre Three Heavily Damaged by Flooding

Historic Theatre Three Heavily Damaged by Flooding

The historic Theatre Three was extensively damaged Tuesday night after a deluge swept through the region, leaving in its wake flooding and destruction.

Jeffrey Sanzel, the theatre’s artistic director, said the damage was estimated to be about $50,000, according to Newsday.

The 150-year-old theatre is raising funds to restore and rebuild from the damage.

Flooding overwhelmed the Port Jefferson area Tuesday night, causing at least $500,000 in damages, according to Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant.

Garant said the flooding at Theatre Three was the “worst they’ve seen ever” with water up to three and a half feet.

“We need help here at Theatre Three,” she said. “We need bodies.”

The next performance of The Addams Family is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday night.

Vivian Koutrakos, the managing director, told GreaterPortJeff, “The show will go on.”

“We can have the show upstairs on our main stage without opening the downstairs, which sustained the bulk of the damage,” Koutrakos said.

To help repair the damages, donate here.

Photos: Theatre Three

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Historic Theatre Three Heavily Damaged by Flooding – Port Jefferson, NY Patch

Historic Theatre Three Heavily Damaged by Flooding – Port Jefferson, NY Patch

The historic Theatre Three was extensively damaged Tuesday night after a deluge swept through the region, leaving in its wake flooding and destruction.

Jeffrey Sanzel, the theatre’s artistic director, said the damage was estimated to be about $50,000, according to Newsday.

The 150-year-old theatre is raising funds to restore and rebuild from the damage.

Flooding overwhelmed the Port Jefferson area Tuesday night, causing at least $500,000 in damages, according to Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant.

Garant said the flooding at Theatre Three was the “worst they’ve seen ever” with water up to three and a half feet.

“We need help here at Theatre Three,” she said. “We need bodies.”

The next performance of The Addams Family is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday night.

Vivian Koutrakos, the managing director, told GreaterPortJeff, “The show will go on.”

“We can have the show upstairs on our main stage without opening the downstairs, which sustained the bulk of the damage,” Koutrakos said.

To help repair the damages, donate here.

Photos: Theatre Three

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Kanye West to bankroll Regal Theater repairs, owner says — but clock is ticking

Kanye West to bankroll Regal Theater repairs, owner says — but clock is ticking

The Avalon Regal Theater in South Shore is gearing up for a comeback with help from rapper-turned-investor Kanye West — but how quickly it reopens is still up in the air.

Owner Jerald Gary and his attorney appeared in Building Court at the Daley Center on Wednesday to inform the city of West’s recent involvement in efforts to reopen the 91-year-old historic movie palace.

Gary acknowledged much needs to be done to partially open the theater in time for a planned event in less than three weeks, but he said he believed it could be done.

“This is Kanye West, and this is what he does,” Gary said. “What’s a theater without drama?”

Two years ago, citing safety concerns, the city ordered the building vacated.

Gary wants the order partially lifted in time for the Chicago Architecture Center’s “Open House Chicago” on Oct. 13-14.

A mural decorates the outside of the Avalon Regal Theater in South Shore. The current owner of the shuttered theater is trying to raise money to reopen. | Max Herman/For the Sun-Times

A mural decorates the outside of the Avalon Regal Theater in South Shore. The current owner of the shuttered theater is trying to raise money to reopen. | Max Herman/For the Sun-Times

Gary said he still doesn’t have the money in hand needed to bring the building up to code — estimated at $150,000 on the low-end — but added that West is committed to fund the renovations, fast.

“[West] has committed to fund the necessary repairs for the city to grant partial occupancy in time for [‘Open House Chicago’],” Gary told Circuit Judge Lisa Ann Marino.

Representatives for West could not be reached for comment.

Main lobby at the Avalon Regal Theater

The main lobby at the Avalon Regal Theater. | Max Herman/For the Sun-Times

The lawyer for the Building Department present at Wednesday’s hearing warned Gary he still had a long way to go — and very little time.

The repair list includes: multiple roof leaks — which, according to the lawyer, “have started growing trees”; cracks in the southeast wall; and flooding in the basement. Gary also needs to restore the building’s electricity and gas service.

“This is a lot to do in the next couple of weeks,” the city’s lawyer said.

Marino ordered a full building inspection in the coming weeks and set the next court date for Oct. 10, two days before “Open House Chicago.”

“Best of luck,” Marino told Gary.

After the hearing, Gary said he understands the city’s measured skepticism over the short timeline for the repairs. But he remains confident the work will get done.

Peeling paint in the balcony of the Avalon Regal Theater

Some cosmetic work is needed, such as this peeling paint in the balcony, but owner Jerald Gary says the structure of the Avalon Regal Theatre is sound. | Max Herman/For the Sun-Times

Eric Rogers, manager of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House, informed the Sun-Times via email on Wednesday the Avalon will not be in the event’s printed guide this year as they are being finalized this week.

“But we are rooting for it,” Rogers said.

If the city determines the theater can be safely opened to the public on Oct. 10, Rogers said it will be added to the Open House’s website.

According to Rogers, the Avalon attracted nearly 3,000 visitors during Open House weekend in 2016, the last year the theater was part of the program.

Carlos Ballesteros is a corps member in Report for America, a not-for-profit journalism program that aims to bolster Sun-Times coverage of issues affecting Chicago’s South and West sides.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/kanye-west-avalon-regal-theater-repairs-chicago/

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