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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

GablesStage to take over Grove Playhouse

GablesStage and it's producing artistic director, Joseph Adler are taking over the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Adler was chosen by the Playhouse board. $20 million will be used, which was designated by Miami-Dade County's capital-improvement funds in 2004.

The current 1100-seat theater will be replaced with a 300-seat theater and possibly a 600-seat theater.

The current facade is going to be kept and will be incorporated into the new structure. After the St. Stephen's fiasco, I belive them.

The Aries Development Group, which will develop the property could add restaurants, condos, shops and more to the larger complex which extends way back onto Charles Street.

The Herald has more details here.

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Blogger Jeff said...

That's the best News I have heard in a long time.

Wish them the best!

December 01, 2009 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... the Aries group is the same group that owns Grove Garden. I beleive they have a lot of interest on the property because they would obviously gain more parking for the restaurants, in Grove Garden Building. How was the Aries Group chosen for this???

December 01, 2009 8:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

Aries Development Group are the ones who paid off the debts that were due in order to avoid foreclosure of part of the playhouse property known as the Bike Shop

December 01, 2009 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Sessions

December 01, 2009 9:36 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

Bike Shop?

well this is certainly the best news I've heard coming out of this neighborhood in a while.

Now we need an update on muvico's renovation + a timeline for this, and we can make some more progress.

though it seems to me like this playhouse project will take a few years.

December 01, 2009 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news!

The city or county should also pump some money into cleaning up historic Charles avenue at the same time.

Perhaps repair the sign a truck hit informing people that this is where Bahamians first settled in Coconut Grove, etc.

December 01, 2009 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Harry Emilio Gottlieb said...

The resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is great news for all of Coconut Grove. The Playhouse has always been the cultural heart and one of the principle economic engines of our community. Its closing three years ago has left a void in the arts and in our economy. Joe Adler is a theatrical treasure. His GableStage plays are always first-class and draw attendance from near and far. Thank you Joe, Aries Development Group, Miami-Dade County and the Playhouse board for creating this opportunity to breathe new life into our most cherished Coconut Grove Playhouse. The return of theater to the Grove will be of great benefit in bringing more people to our village and will help shop owners and restaurants survive these most challenging economic times. Bravo and a Standing Ovation!

December 01, 2009 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is GREAT news!!!
It's a major step in the right direction. Whoever made this deal happen, Thanks.
John El-Masry

December 01, 2009 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Flossie said...

Fantastic!! Great news for the Grove!

December 01, 2009 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is good news, and much needed. However, I think they're going to do too much from the sound of this.

Do some slight renovations, and open for business. It appear that the "miami way" is being chosen once again - why do it simply, when we can dump millions in and take 5 years to do it so that by the time its done, its barely relevant.

It will be great to see a play there in 10 years tho, and that will be nice for all the new businesses that exist then... in place of the ones we have presently.

December 02, 2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous CLJ said...

Do some slight renovations, and open for business.

This isn't an option; the internal structure is too decayed. And that was while the theatre was operating and had people in place to deal with things like the leaking roof. It will be much worse at this point.

And if you asked Joe if he'd take over an 1100 seat space in Miami, he'd turn it down flat. The numbers simply don't work.

December 02, 2009 1:50 PM  
Anonymous sailfast said...

Can't Wait to See the Lights Back ON !!

December 02, 2009 11:29 PM  
Anonymous DeAnna said...

YES!!!!! How can we support this effort??

December 03, 2009 8:20 PM  
Anonymous John Russell said...

Wow! Great news!

December 03, 2009 10:26 PM  
Blogger C.L.J. said...

You could probably contact GableStage if you'd like to donate or volunteer.

December 05, 2009 2:39 PM  

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