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Should both the city and Douglas County governments give $100,000 each to support Theatre Lawrence’s drive to build a new theater in West Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
65% 526
34% 275
Total 801


John Hamm 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, it worked for the City why not for the county? Just keep giving our tax money away guys.

purplesage 6 years, 5 months ago

Thanks to KU, there are plenty of theater venues around town. When will people get it, that this kind of facility can be shared?

Jeff Blair 6 years, 5 months ago

So they should just go to the other venues and ask them to curtail the number of shows they do so someone else can also use the space? How do you suggest those stages be shared?

fool4singing 6 years, 5 months ago

Community theatres HAVE to have a permanent home. Only a person who has never done theatre would think otherwise. When one show goes down, another one goes up. The stage always either has a performance on it, or a new set being built. Kind of hard to share a facility in a situation like that.

Bob Forer 6 years, 5 months ago

The "I was here before you" argument doesn't have much respect in American. Just ask the Native Americans.

Jeff Blair 6 years, 5 months ago

That's not entirely true. They first put on productions in the old Arts Center. It IS however, the first time they've ever asked for funding from the city or county.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

How has the city funded the Arts Center?

Is this an assumption?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

Is there public support for this theatre in ticket sales after construction?

How do we know?

How about rehab of the Granada or Masonic Building instead?

MarcoPogo 6 years, 5 months ago

Why would they rehab the Granada? It's a private business that operates as a nightclub.

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 5 months ago

Don't confuse Merrill, the Mayor of SimLawrence, with factual information.

Jillster 6 years, 5 months ago

Doing a rehab of a current building to try to make it into a theatre doesn't make a very good theatre. Even the building in which they are currently located has limitations that keep them from doing certain shows as well as they could be done.

dogsandcats 6 years, 5 months ago

Topeka Civic Theatre rehabbed an old school and their theaters are really nice.

Jillster 6 years, 5 months ago

There's a difference between an old school, that has space and parking, and the Masonic Temple.

fool4singing 6 years, 5 months ago

Topeka Civic Theatre added on to the old Gage Grade School with a piece of constuction the same size as the school itself. The old Theatre Lawrence facility is completely obsolete and how they've been able to do shows this long is a outstanding.

fool4singing 6 years, 5 months ago

Using the Granada or Masonic buildings wouldn't put them at all ahead; just where they already are, but in a different building. Every town supports their community theatres, and so should Lawrence.

blindrabbit 6 years, 5 months ago

I believe that The Lawrence Arts Center with all of it's educational programs has much more community involvement than The Lawrence Community Theatre ever will. Not making any comment on the quality of the Theatre. Also wondering if the Art's Center stage is not a locale for the Theatre; probably not workable from a scheduling aspect though. Also Granada and even Masonic Lodge as possibilities?

Jeff Blair 6 years, 5 months ago

Don't you think they looked at about every potential property in town for renovation? The Temple's been sitting undeveloped for years. Gee, do you think there might be a reason for that?

countrygal 6 years, 5 months ago

The county commission should turn them down. Reason, they serve the total county not just the city of Lawrence. If they give to this building in Lawrence then they are opening up the obligation to also give to projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton. The tax payers cannot continue to fund all these "special" projects in this time of very tight economic times. Dounglas County Commissioners need to remember that they are for all the taxpayers of the county and not just the city of Lawrence. They say yes to this, then they will be approached and expected to give in the other towns with their projects.

TopJayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

IF you think it is too expensive, and you have given enough, then why do you expect the state or the Feds to do it for you? Such hypocrisy.

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