Deadline passes for new performing arts center locations

There are 11 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Aug 31, 2009, titled Deadline passes for new performing arts center locations. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

The deadline to submit ideas for a new performing arts center has passed and if the people behind the effort choose a suburban site, they might not get any state money to build it.

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Brave Radio Host

Rochester, NY

#1 Aug 31, 2009
Good Riddens!!!!

Maybe they should move to a different state to build one??
Change City Goverment

Middleport, NY

#2 Aug 31, 2009
The Mayor does not deserve to have a new performing arts center in the city after losing all that federal money, Duffy you missed the Bus, Stop crying to others and for Morelle, you say if people want state money for a new Broadway-type theater, then it should be located in the center city.
guess what maybe you should move to downtown Rochester, and anotherthing Morelle where more than just people were the voters who gave u that job. good luck in getting ur votes with that comment. you should have never got involved with Duffy on this one, He's Sinking faster than that Fast ferry deal and to the RBTL move to the suburbs and you will see an increase in your attendance for shows. the only reason anyone goes downtown for entertainment is because were being forced too.. just like there trying to force you too stay Downtown,Dont let them threaten you how dare they. and another thing i have friends that would purchase your current property from you if you wanted to sell it and we could work together on smaller shows. Do Not let the City Have It again, they dont deserve it. we will be in touch with you soon about the propertys future
mrbobf

Rochester, NY

#3 Aug 31, 2009
The Aud is BIGGER than many Broadway theaters. In fact, to be considered for Broadway status, theaters in NYC must seat at least 500. The Aud seats 2400...
The Aud is a beautiful example of art deco and is just as old as many Broadway theaters.

As far as productions at the Aud., there's never been a lack of first-rate shows: The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Disney's THE LION KING and Wicked.

The Aud also books numerous concerts, comedians and graduations.

From the RBTL site:
"In the summer of 2003 RBTL undertook a major renovation to the Auditorium that included the replacement of all of the theater's seats (now totaling 2,400), new carpeting throughout, upgrades to existing bathrooms, as well as the addition of new bathroom facilities on the lower level."

So in just 5 or 6 years, the RBTL wants to abandon this great facility?
goverment dictatership

Middleport, NY

#4 Aug 31, 2009
i dont think city goverment or Joe Morelle have the right too dictate. where our new performing arts center will be built. Dont worry change in office will have a change of heart in regards to state money
ps... dictatership never wins, im just glad we have this on Film
keeping it real

Middleport, NY

#5 Aug 31, 2009
mrbobf wrote:
The Aud is BIGGER than many Broadway theaters. In fact, to be considered for Broadway status, theaters in NYC must seat at least 500. The Aud seats 2400...
The Aud is a beautiful example of art deco and is just as old as many Broadway theaters.
As far as productions at the Aud., there's never been a lack of first-rate shows: The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Disney's THE LION KING and Wicked.
The Aud also books numerous concerts, comedians and graduations.
From the RBTL site:
"In the summer of 2003 RBTL undertook a major renovation to the Auditorium that included the replacement of all of the theater's seats (now totaling 2,400), new carpeting throughout, upgrades to existing bathrooms, as well as the addition of new bathroom facilities on the lower level."
So in just 5 or 6 years, the RBTL wants to abandon this great facility?
I have some inside info that the production management of the shows you listed adove are really the ones who promted this idea. if you dont keep them happy they will simply not come to our city. period and thats the truth
City Dweller

West Henrietta, NY

#6 Aug 31, 2009
I agree whole heartedly with this....

The Broadway Theatre League says the Auditorium Theatre on Main Street is too small for today's touring Broadway shows but Morelle agrees with Mayor Duffy that the Auditorium Theatre should be studied for being renovated and made bigger.“We should also remember one thing. We're in the midst of a very, very difficult economic time. Getting state money for any project at this point has been very difficult to do. And I don't think the Rochester Broadway Theatre League can dictate terms to the state of New York, or to the city of Rochester, or to the community broadly.”
Reality Check

AOL

#7 Aug 31, 2009
The RBTL new theatre plans sound like that of the fast ferry promoters. Grand ideas dependent on a huge investment ($100 million)of public funds. This dream lacks fiscal viability for both construction and ongoing operations. And according to RBTL financal reports, as of 12/31/07, they only have $49K in net assets.
HonEsTee

Pittsford, NY

#8 Aug 31, 2009
Finally...someone with sense to oppose building yet another theater in Rochester NY....Let's see..while RBTL has been jerking around for 10 years kissing political butt...Greece Athena has built a theater; Webster has built a theater, GEVA has upgraded, The Theater on the Ridge is yet another venue, and lets not forget the Grand Dame of them all the wonderful and oft ignored Eastman Theater. I mean we are not New York City and downtown is not Times Square by a long shot....actually it is an extremely tacky part of town in its present state.
Why is the Auditorium Theatre always discounted or "trashed" when the new diggs for the RBTL venue comes up? I beleive it may have historic status if anyone pursued it and may qualify on that level alone for dollars. Regardless...what would happen to that beautiful building if a new theatre is built? Rochester has its share of abandoned or underused space and buildings of stature...look at the Sibley's building a beauty in its day..which is now a "blue elephant"...why couldn't that be transformed into a theater if the Aud is out of the running. In our midst stand many buildings which are fabulous. Why not commision another study to truly determine whether any of these sites would be adaptable..hey for 150 million, i think i could make it work right?

Since: Aug 09

Gasport, NY

#9 Aug 31, 2009
mrbobf wrote:
The Aud is BIGGER than many Broadway theaters. In fact, to be considered for Broadway status, theaters in NYC must seat at least 500. The Aud seats 2400...
The Aud is a beautiful example of art deco and is just as old as many Broadway theaters.
As far as productions at the Aud., there's never been a lack of first-rate shows: The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Disney's THE LION KING and Wicked.
The Aud also books numerous concerts, comedians and graduations.
From the RBTL site:
"In the summer of 2003 RBTL undertook a major renovation to the Auditorium that included the replacement of all of the theater's seats (now totaling 2,400), new carpeting throughout, upgrades to existing bathrooms, as well as the addition of new bathroom facilities on the lower level."
So in just 5 or 6 years, the RBTL wants to abandon this great facility?
I whole heartedly agree! I have to think that the RBTL is just pissed at the outcome of the loss of the "Ren Square Project" at the hands of our useless local polititions as I believe they have a right to be! As we sink to the depths of despair and drown in the sea of unrepresented taxation, our county executive cuts ribbons in front of news cameras as she denys any involvement or knowlege of the coruption going on right under her nose.

As far as the failure of the "Fast Ferry", Let us remember the guest list of her maiden voyage and what that little party cost the Monroe county tax payer.

Hope you've enjoyed your rein Maggie and Bob, your re-election is not likely.
Whenry

Weaverville, NC

#10 Sep 1, 2009
Renovate the RBTL board.
Help Me Help U

West Henrietta, NY

#11 Sep 1, 2009
State money? they just blew away 30 mil in federal money for PAC downtown are these people joking. Come NOV and I realize no one votes in the city but still going for new city council and mayor and county exc these people suck and need to leave.

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