Black box theater slated for Tobin Lofts space

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A performance space could become a reality at Tobin Lofts.

By Marco Horta

In summer 2014, a planning committee made up of this college’s theater, dance, and music programs looked at a space at Tobin Lofts at 1415 N. Main Ave. to renovate an existing movie screening space into a black box theater.

The black box theater will be used for art shows, concerts, lectures, speech performances, dance performances and small-scale productions.

“A multifaceted space for a variety of shows,” Jeff Hunt, chair of fine arts, said, also adding that this space would be beneficial to the community and students.

“If we start having performances in that corner in that space it (the college) becomes more visible,” Hunt said.

The planning committee, and facilities management have met to discuss the possible renovations of the space available.

After many possible floor designs to find the best use of the entire space, a black box theater with a capacity of 75 people could be built, Hunt said.

After the planning committee agrees on a final renovation plan, the cost to renovate will be applied. At this time there is no estimated cost. Facilities management will then present the final plan to the board of trustees for approval of the renovation plan, but there is no date for the next meeting to discuss any further planning.

No other Alamo Colleges campus has a black box theater like the one that would   be built at Tobin Lofts.


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