Theater For All of You Who Heard the Rumor that 14/48 Is Leaving Capitol Hill Arts Center…
posted by April 23 at 14:14 PMon
… it’s not. Not yet, anyway. After a long(ish) conversation with Shawn Belyea yesterday, here’s a brief update on the state of things with 14/48 and CHAC.
• The future of the CHAC building is uncertain (as it always has been), and 14/48 is talking to some other theaters—notably, ACT—to lay the groundwork for a possible future move.
• CHAC proprietor Matthew Kwatinetz is deciding whether to renew his lease and is considering buying the building.
• CHAC might convert its Showroom (the main, first-floor room that doubles as a theater and a nightclub) into rentable office space. That would ameliorate two of CHAC’s major, perennial problems: noise complaints from neighboring condo-dwellers, and precarious finances. (It would also, of course, take CHAC another step away from being an “arts center.”) Belyea said CHAC has considered the office-space conversion two or three times before.
• But, for the near future, People’s Republic of Komedy will occupy the Showroom.