Coconut Grove Playhouse - Frequently Asked Questions

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THE WORK UNDERWAY

What’s been done?

300 SEATS IS RIGHT-SIZED

Why the Playhouse failed

Seating size

The impact of a bigger theater

More seats = the certainty of more cost, without the certainty of more revenue.

Leading experts on right-sizing the theater

Other 300-seat theaters in Miami-Dade County

Is a larger theater contemplated?

RESPECTING THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYHOUSE

The historic designation of the property

The history of the site and the new theater

The façade of the new theater

YEARS OF PUBLIC PROCESS TO GET TO PROGRESS

The public review process

The terms of the lease with the State

The selection of the design team led by Arquitectonica

GABLESTAGE – BECOMING GROVESTAGE, OUR REGIONAL THEATER

Who is GableStage

How GableStage was selected to manage and operate the new theater

GableStage’s financial viability

GableStage’s rent payments to the Biltmore

A sustainable business plan and updates in progress

Joe Adler and beyond

The success of the new theater

The type of theater done by GableStage

GroveStage

Education and FIU

Other activities at the new Playhouse

Regional theater

Kevin Spacey

FUNDING: FACTS AND TRUTHS

Secured funding for the project

The uses of County funding

No County funds to build or operate the garage

Use of funds from the garage development

The fee to Arquitectonica and its design team

Encumbrances resolved on the property’s title

$500,000 grant applied for from the State Division of Historical Resources

The City of Miami’s recently approved bond program

THE DESIGN WORKS

Real progress on the Playhouse project

The latest drawings

Theater is the main focus of the project

Benefits to the residential neighborhood and West Grove

The existing Playhouse auditorium chamber and a state-of-the-art theater

The garage

The modest size of the “commercial” elements for the project

Responsibility for building and operating the garage and related components

The entrance to the garage

Studio theater versus a proscenium theater

NEXT STEPS: RETURNING GREAT THEATER TO THE GROVE

Project completion

Hurdles ahead

How to stay in touch with progress

 

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