posted by jakehawk on April 25, 2005 at 1:45 pm

I’m a masters student in urban planning and we are doing a project or rennovation in urban environments.

I would like to renovate an old theater into a either a jazz club type setting or another musical-type use.

Does anyone know of any projects or have any ideas for a transformation?

Thanks for your help.

Comments (6)

John Coles
John Coles on April 25, 2005 at 8:58 pm

Check out the Ioka Theater in Exeter NH. There is a link to the Ioka Club from the listing in Cinema Treasures. Roger Detzler is President of IOKA Entertainment Inc.

JoelWeide on April 26, 2005 at 3:39 am

Excellant project Jake, wish you must success with your project. Check out the Old Town project in Wichita, Kansas. Bill Warren opened a five screen theatre next to a night club in this downtown project and is quite successful. This may be a little different than what you have described in your question, but the concept in an urban enviorment is quite similar.

garymey on April 26, 2005 at 4:10 pm

The UC Theatre in Berkeley might work. Great old theater sitting empty near UC campus.

Gary Meyer

Elaine on April 26, 2005 at 6:38 pm

The Granada Theatre, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, near the Ohio and PA border and PA turnpike; atmospheric theatre; contact Elaine Savoldi,RE/MAX Associate Brokers,

jmk818 on April 28, 2005 at 5:28 pm

I found useful for my project. Of course i left most of the seats intact. Paint works very well on seats, curtains, and wall panels.

krannick on June 21, 2005 at 11:55 am

If you’re looking for a challenge, come to Detroit. We’ve got about five abandoned theaters, beautiful buildings, sitting vacant waiting to be demolished. Detroit needs some jazz clubs anyhow. There’s nothing to do here!

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