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WASHINGTON, DC — Not only was the Tivoli Theater saved, but its rebirth also helped revitalize a neighborhood. This piece looks at other theaters as well and their place in their respective communities.
Pat Myer and her husband were newlyweds when they started fighting to save the Tivoli Theater. When the Columbia Heights theater finally reopened in 2005, the couple had long since celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
“It was a long commitment,” says Myer, describing her work to save the nearly 85-year-old historic theater. “It consumed us for a long time. It would be nothing for me to spend 20 or 30 hours a week working on Tivoli issues.”
A long-fought battle indeed, but she says the result was well worth it. Today Columbia Heights has transformed — restaurants, boutiques and even a Target now stand in an area once plagued by gang violence — thanks in no small part to the restored Tivoli Theater and the efforts of Myer and her “Save the Tivoli” group.
Read the full story in the Washington Business Journal.