Edmond Town Hall Theatre will go dark for four weeks beginning March 11, 2019 in order to repair or replace various theater and staging components, including rigging, curtains and railings among other things. During this time all theater activities, including movies, will cease. All other building activities, including space and event rentals, will continue as usual. The repairs are part of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and upgrade the facility. They will also improve the theater’s ability to host more live performances, provide new offerings to audiences, and help to grow attendance.
A “Dark Night Cabaret” series is being planned for four Fridays in March in the Alexandria Room. “Dark Night” is a nod to the theater’s past, when it would go dark one night each week to replace the movie reels in preparation for the upcoming movie. The building’s little stage, located in the Alexandria banquet hall, will feature local performers and musicians. Beer and wine will be available with cabaret style sitting. Tickets for Dark Night Cabaret will be available on the web site.
“Dark Night Cabaret is a way to continue to bring the community together for entertainment, just in a different space and format,” said Sheila Torres, the building’s operations manager.
Edmond Town Hall, completed in 1931 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a gift from Newtown benefactor Mary Elizabeth Hawley. It has served as the center of the community and the heart of Newtown since its inception, providing generations of residents and neighbors with governmental services space; affordable family entertainment through its proscenium theater; sports opportunities in its gymnasium; and, elegant space in its Alexandria banquet hall for gatherings, fundraisers, civic occasions or to celebrate life events. Event rentals, live shows, movies and a modest disbursement from a trust fund provide most, but not all of the buildings operating expenses.