Patch Blog: A Better Idea Than Starbucks vs. Coffee Bean

Bruce Weide works to begin community dialogue about more art and entertainment in Montrose, and not necessarily more coffee.

I have been dreaming for years of bringing live theater to Montrose. I don't think I need to sell you the idea.

I have already spoken to so many restuarant owners on Honolulu Avenue who would do anything they could to support the project.

I know our area is anonymously rife with talent, quietly living amongst us. Hollywood is just down the hill, you know.

And I know that often, actors do no make for good business managers. So the talent thinks it's impossible to be financially solvent.

But then, us folks running insurance offices, restaurants, tech companies, etc., aren't going to be putting on quality shows, unless they'll all be tragic comedies, (See? Bad joke from a financial advisor. I know my limits.)

I think the time might be right to come together. I envision a marquee on that corner with this weekend's show, and a delightful acting school for our kids during the week. Sorry Starbucks.

It's time we met, got to know each other and spark a dream. I want to meet successful actors, directors, producers, business people, restauranteers, moms, coaches and anyone who knows other local people. We can have a talk together.

It's not like I have any time in my life for another hobby. But I can't stop dreaming, and now is the time.

Please send me your phone and other contact information at ImproveMontrose@gmail.com. I will help organize a public dialogue on this.

And by the way, I may have a major corporate sponsor. So I'm not toally dreaming about this. But first thing's first.

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Nicole Charky (Editor) October 08, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Do other people support Bruce's idea? Patch followers have had a variety of responses. I think Montrose Patch should host a community forum. If you have feedback or would like to be a part of the forum please feel free to comment here or email me a letter to the editor at nicole.charky@patch.com.
Judith Pettigrew October 08, 2011 at 02:05 PM
What a grest idea! Keep in mind there are lots of musicians in our community, too. The space would be perfect as a performance space for thester AND music.
Bruce Weide October 08, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Btw, I think live music is absolutely on the marquee! Boy, does that open up another world of possibilities!
Brian Leader October 08, 2011 at 03:03 PM
I think this is a great idea and would definitely do what I can to help. I'm a musician, composer, and have written several musicals for kids and adults. My only concern is whether Montrose has the population density and demographics to support such a venue.
Mae Ross October 10, 2011 at 06:08 AM
Hi Bruce, I would like join the dialogue. I own www.321ActingStudios.com right up the street at 3131 Foothill Blvd. in the Palms Plaza Shopping Center in La Crescenta. The foothill communities produce lots of live musical theater for kids and teens. One only has to open the local papers to see that theater arts are well supported in the La Canada, La Crescenta and Montrose local schools, Assistance Leagues, Community Centers, Dance Studios, Churches and more. I am not so sure the current "Color Me Mine" space is large enough to handle theater type productions , including room for audience. I really like the idea of musicians, poets, singers, comedians both young and old having a venue. Thank you for your blog Bruce! Ms. Mae Ross Owner/Director 3-2-1- Talent Showcase Acting Studios. BTW I do have a Montrose Patch Event listed.
Cameron Carothers October 10, 2011 at 06:32 AM
Love it! I agree it may not be large enough for a traditional theatre venue, but live music, very small shows? Wonderful.
Trissie Badger October 11, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I too support this idea;we need to have more involvement in the arts in evey way shape or form . Art does to the soul what good nutrition does for the body, it brings it to life! Plays, live music, dance, it's alll GOOD! Trissie Badger
Kristen October 11, 2011 at 09:01 PM
I think this is a great idea. I practically grew up at the Glendale Centre Theatre and had some of my best memories there. I didn't even think if a theatre there, but now that I do I think it is perfect!
Erin Malone October 13, 2011 at 07:33 PM
A live theater would be a great idea!!! We really don't have anything in the area, and something like that would be amazing! It would benefit the restaurants and the shops, especially matinee shows!
George L. October 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM
This space actually used to be a church. I'm not sure about you all, but most churches I've been to can and do double as theater, performing and musical arts spaces. Walking to Honolulu for a meal, Play at the corner, then drinks at Fat Dog. I can buy into that. Venue name proposal, "The Corner Theatre"
Bruce Weide October 14, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Folks, I have definitely been working on this, and I hope to have some very good news to announce soon. We're not there yet, but some things are definitely moving forward. We will very soon be calling a townhall meeting on this and you will all be invited IF you wither send me an email at ImproveMontrose@gmail.com, or otherwise you'll need to watch new developments in the Patch closely. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!
John MacDougall February 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The live theater idea is a really great idea and I would love to see it happen. I don't, however, see that particular building on that particular corner as a critical "cornerstone" to the idea. There are many buildings in Montrose that could house a theater. Whether Starbucks goes in or not would seem irrelevant.


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