- photo via Bob White Reconstruction
Back in December, we let you know about the resurrection of SE Foster's historic Bob White Theatre, and it looks like it will continue to operate under its original name (rather than Foster Home, as was once suggested). The good news is that the venue, which has been around since the '20s but has long been in a period of neglect, is well on its way to becoming operational. The Bob White Theatre recently wrapped up its first fundraising weekend of reconstruction events, with more on the way, including performances by the Alialujah Choir and Mimicking Birds later this month.
A bit more info about the venue itself: It's actually two rooms in one. The theater itself seats 525 and is not yet operational, but the Wurlitzer Room is currently housing shows; it holds 250+ and there's food and a bar as well.
The next fundraising "reconstruction weekend" is on June 22-24, with events throughout all three days. Mimicking Birds play on Friday, June 22, and the Alialujah Choir and Josh & Mer play on Saturday, June 23. There's a full breakdown of the weekend's events on Bob White's site.
These reconstruction weekends will be a great chance to not just support the venue's rehabilitation, it's also an opportunity to see the venue as it makes its transformation back into a beauty. The idea of a salvaged, fully functional multi-use venue—Bob White intends to host music, film, and theater events—on SE Foster is an incredibly exciting one.