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Wednesday, 01 February 2006



Well, i hope it's not a poolhall. There are a lot of young theater companies out there that need/want a permanent space and we do not need another damn poolhall. The government should step in and clean the place up and set it up for small theaters to use.


oh, i don't know, i think a pool hall on the 14th street corridor will nicely complete the inexorable cycle of gentrification there.

besides, gang, now we'll all have a new hip place to drink after our shows let out.

oh, who am i kidding. it is a dark day and i am sad.


I for one was already playing pool at Source for years. There was a secret table hidden in the basement which aside from the occassional flood had a sweet set of bumpers and you could always count on a nice mix of classic drama and latin music drifting down to fill the empty hollow that has been left in my heart.
Its good to see the cultural life of 14th street really taking off. I hope the tanning place and the 400th Starbucks in the District don't keep the pool playing hipsters from spilling over from Cafe Sait Ex from having yet another over priced poorly ventilated non-smoking bar to call their own.
Sorry. Was I venting?


"the government should step in"? hahaha

Some financially viable theatre company should buy the space. Or that collection of 'theatres on the edge'.

The previous government handout obviously hasn't worked so well. Somebody with some financial savvy should take over the place, not another irresponsible squanderer. That section of 14th street needs some gentrification, not another squatting hobo who can't get their act together.


Which edgy theatres are we talking about? I do not know of any that could afford that property. In fact it will be interesting to see what it closes for. It would be cool if an investor bought it and did something like warehouse with a coffee/bar kind of thing to up the profitability. Funny though I have never heard anyone complain when large companies get government grants for a new space. I would rather my tax dollars went to that than another blown up humvee in Iraq. But that is me..


It would be almost impossible to make the Source space economically viable for theatrical production. The outstanding note on the building, regardless of who owns it, is something like a quarter of a million dollars. That combined with the purchase price that is going to be well over a million, it is impossible to cover that nut with 150 seats. I came close, but found out that not every show, regardless of how much I liked it, got the butts in the seats.

To cover that kind of money, you'd need 180 sold out shows of 150 seats each at a per seat cost of $50.

Source was doomed the day they decided to upgrade the space.

I just hope the beer is cheap.

George Spelvin

My question-- and it's just a question-- is what about the government and foundation grants that were given to Source to 1) purchase and 2) renovate the building? Is there no course of action available to those bodies, official or otherwise, who were told they were investing in the artistic life of the city?

Or was the money just poured down the memory hole?


"To cover that kind of money, you'd need 180 sold out shows of 150 seats each at a per seat cost of $50."

Or....you'd need a great development crew to pull in corporate and individual sponsors.

Or....you'd need to supplement your theatre/ticket money with education money/classes.

Or....you'd need to rent out the space to bands, touring shows, weddings and reality tv shows.

Or....you'd need to run a steady drug trade out of the basement. Or prostitution.

If you can't get creative with the money making, forget about it.

How about a combo pool hall/bar/theatre? Theatre upstairs, bar downstairs? Throw in a little bit of all the above while you're at it. Hash massage bar emporium and theatre company. Then it would really be the 'source'.


How about the Anthony Williams Library?

or a new home for Ben's Chili Bowl when gentrification sends it down the road.. (I love that sweet tea)


what, there are probably about 2,000 of us theatre professionals, so if we each pitched in, what, ten dollars...that'd get us...um, hold on a sec, i'm not good at math. oh, uh, that's only $20,000.

okay, soooo, if we each pitched in $100, that'd be, er...wait, lemme get my calculator...$200,000. well, darn, that's not enough, either. okay, so if we each cough up a cool grand...nevermind.


Why is it no one decided to make with the grant writing and patron-of-the-arts schmoozing? From the outside it seems like that space would be a good fit for some of the mid-sized companies. (And it's a bummer that it's going to disappear after having survived for so long as a theatre building, despite ups and downs.) It's not as if the entire million or whatever it is has to be brought to the corner of 14th and T in a brown paper bag by Monday morning.

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