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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Second theater added to the Grove Playhouse?

What do you think about the plans to have a second theater at the Coconut Grove Playhouse when it's finally redone? According to attorney Lewis "Mike" Eidson, “A civic center dedicated to great theater in a modern playhouse complex would be a tremendous amenity and asset. . . . It sends a powerful and indisputable message to people who want to live and invest here that we are a serious, maturing city.”

Mr. Eidson an arts activist leads a group of playhouse activists. It would add 750 additional seats to the 300-seat theater. 

Seems like an excellent idea in that it would allow the playhouse to be used more often. I suppose the goal would be to have the building hosting events 300 or more days a year.

While GablesStage has always been talked about as running the smaller theater, with Joseph Adler as the artistic director, Mr. Eidson suggests that the Adrienne Arsht Center take over the 750 seat theater.

The Playhouse is being transferred to the county and FIU, which will lease the Playhouse.

It's believed that the larger sized theater would attract bigger names and productions.

I think at this point anything to open the playhouse again is the goal. It's been eight years since the Playhouse closed with "Sonja Flew" on the marquee. 

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Caffeine Clicks said...

One of the nice things about the Playhouse crowd was it added a different demographic and higher income bracket to The Grove, which at the time was overrun by students. Reopening it would drive more people traffic and revenue to the area. From a marketers point of view it seems so cut and dry.

August 05, 2014 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Caffeine Clicks
That is exactly what the Commissioner does not understand, he thinks downsizing the playhouse and adding retail and apartments is going to draw people. That is only going to make developers and contractors happy, not to mention Miami's number one quality of life enemy the well connected and influential Latin Builders Association.

August 05, 2014 12:30 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

I just wish they just would do something... and soon.. Want the Playhouse back - sure a second theater sounds great..the more activity and the Arts the better.
I think the leaving it as just a Playhouse is just what the use and scale of the area is needed and support in regards to infrastructure and need I personally think that the idea of more retail and apartments is negative. The Playhouse needs to be a anchor to the already many struggling (not all) eateries and shops.
So I wish they would "Just Do It".

August 05, 2014 1:55 PM  
Anonymous TIDE ferrari racing,Palm Beach said...

Friends of the Cocoanut Grove Playhouse made this a Historic building in 1977 when I was president the only time in its 80 +++ years that it MADE A PROFIT. Had 1270 seats the largest Playhouse South of Washington D.C. The University of Miami Ring Theater should own / operate the Playhouse. No more hit and run Carpet Bagger Builders please !!!! T.I.D.E. ferrari racing, palm beach, tom I. davis,Jr. Palm Beach yacht & motorsports museum. Please help save the Miami Marine Stadium. Miami Native; P.H.S. 61, U.M. 65.

August 05, 2014 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any of you actually listened to the Commissioner speak about the play house? He is not specifically for adding retail and condos, but for saving the edifice. If that meant going a hybrid route, it was better than demolishing the whole building.

Obviously this second theater idea may change things!

August 05, 2014 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Miami Marine Stadium is a money pit that will be an unprofitable drag on the city.

Demolish it and give the land to MAST.

August 05, 2014 5:15 PM  

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