Community Forum on the Ohio Theatre 


Sponsored by The League of Independent Theatre and the Innovative Theatre Foundation

Members of the community are invited to attend and are strongly encouraged to share their ideas at a community forum being held on:

Monday, April 26th

6:30pm - 7:00pm Arrival and Meet & Greet
7:00pm - 8:00pm Speakers
8:00pm - 8:30ish Community "ideaback"

The Ohio Theatre located at 66 Wooster Street

A list of speakers and more details will be posted at as they become available. The event will be streamed live at beginning at 6:30pm on April 26th.

Academy Award winning actress, Olympia Dukakis encourages community participation saying, "It is so important to protect the cultural capital of New York City. Institutions like the Ohio Theatre which, for 3 decades has served this community and has been the home for many artists, needs the support of the city and the community. We must work together to preserve the remaining spaces and help develop new ones."
After two years of negotiation, two lease extensions, and a 29-year history as an indispensable pillar of the downtown theatre scene, the Ohio Theatre must close the doors at its Wooster Street space forever on August 31, 2010.

The community forum is a follow up to the Public Forum on Small to Midsized Theatres that was hosted by Manhattan Community Boards 1-5 at the Players Club in February 2009.

We will reunite local elected officials and members of the independent theatre community in an open forum to discuss solutions to the real estate crises affecting small theaters and the progress and momentum that has been made over the past year specifically with regard to the tax abatement proposal currently before the Community Boards. In addition, there will be a discussion as to what steps can be taken to secure the remaining venues within the sector and help locate a new home for the Ohio Theatre.

Please join us and bring your ideas!


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