West Palm Beach CRA has purchased the Cuillo Centre for the Arts
Oct 22 2010
Palm Beach Dramaworks
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West Palm Beach's longest residing professional Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, is proud to announce that the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has purchased the landmark Cuillo Centre for the Arts, and entered into a long-term lease agreement with Palm Beach Dramaworks.
Palm Beach Dramaworks plans to renovate the interior theatre and audience chamber, with a Grand Opening in November 2011.
"This is a landmark occasion for our thriving organization, and we are grateful for the City's firm commitment and dedication to the Arts, recognizing it as a vital component to the economic and social health of our community. For nearly five years, we've worked in tandem with City officials to locate a new home for our growing organization. We've hit many roadblocks, but perservered. The new venue will be renovated and transformed into a space that provides our patrons with a familiar Dramaworks experience. We are excited about the opportunity to expand our artistic horizons, while accommodating our ever-increasing audience" stated Dramaworks' Producing Artistic Director William Hayes.
"Our strong record of fiscal growth and responsibility over the last decade demonstrates our ability to play a crucial role in the revitalization of the downtown area. The larger venue will permit us to expand programming throughout the year, translating to a significant increase in revenue for our organization and other downtown merchants. We anticipate drawing hundreds of our affluent and sophisticated patrons to the downtown area each week. There will be a huge economic impact to our City," acknowledged Dramaworks' Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl.
For over ten years, Palm Beach Dramaworks has proven itself as a pivotal component of downtown West Palm Beach. Situated on Banyan Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue, the theatre has become a cultural magnet, with more than 19,000 visitors annually. Its productions have been hailed by critics in South Florida, and by The Wall Street Journal as one of the country's leading regional theatres. Originally opened in 1999, the 377-seat Cuillo theatre is located on Clematis Street and defines a prominent location as a gateway to the newly established waterfront and West Palm's restored downtown.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.