Monday, July 16, 2012
Management is using online platform Kickstarter to offer patrons advance ticket sales for the theater, which is scheduled to open this fall.
Fans of the Old Town Theater, built in 1914, will be happy to hear that theater management is turning to 2012 technology to help promote and sell advance tickets for the venue, scheduled to reopen this fall. Theater management posted information and advance sales of tickets on Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects. While many projects on Kickstarter seek funds from contributors with no defined return on investment, backers of the Old Town Theater can be guaranteed tickets correlating to the amount of money they pledge. So far, with no advertising, 12 backers have pledged $453, with a required $1 minimum pledge. Theater management is offering two tickets with a projected value of $40 to those contributors via …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Local production firm to operate the theater with an eye on opening in the fall.
The show will go on. Old Town Theater will continue as an entertainment venue. Rob Kaufman of PMA Properties announced Saturday morning that a local production company will operate the theater as a live performance venue. The building is currently being renovated and Kaufman said more details would be available closer to the renovation’s completion. Kaufman said: “This strong pledge of support from the entire community has helped to breathe new life into this old building. Renovations are underway to return the theater to its original eloquence and should be completed by this fall.” According to the announcement from Kaufman, a full calendar of matinee and evening performances featuring comedy, music, magic and dance will be offered along …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Building owner Rob Kaufman confirms signs posted on the theater on Saturday morning were not true.
King Street pedestrians were met with a bit of a shock Saturday morning when they passed the vacant Old Town Theater. Signage was posted on the building stating that Hooters—the Atlanta-based restaurant chain known for its fried chicken wings and scantily-clad female wait staff—was coming soon to the property located at 815½ King St. The signage turned out to be nothing more than a hoax. Theater owner Rob Kaufman confirmed to Patch early Saturday afternoon that bringing Hooters girls to King Street is not in his plans. “Someone must have played a joke,” Kaufman wrote in an email, adding that the phony signs were being taken down. In April, Alexandria’s Board of Architectural Review approved Kaufman’s plans to revitalize the building. …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The building's owner indicates the historic building likely will again house a theater, but it's not a done deal.
Although the Old Town Theater has been vacant for most of this year, it’s not yet in its final act. The city’s Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday night approved current owner Robert Kaufman’s plans to revitalize the building. All it needs now is a tenant, and it looks likely that its next inhabitant will again fill its walls with a silver screen. Theater owner Robert Kaufman told the board that he hoped “I would tell you that I got a theater, but that has not yet come to pass. … I believe I’m going to end up getting a theater.” The theater, located at 815 ½ King St., closed and was sold in January after its previous owner, Roger Fons, struggled for nine years to keep it running. Kaufman has been entertaining ideas to convert the …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Independent movie theater to shut its doors for a variety of reasons, including a poor ticket sale season.
The iconic Old Town Theater on King Street is closing its proverbial curtains for the last time this weekend. Film house owner Roger Fons said a year of poor ticket sales played a key role in his decision to sell the King Street property to Robert J. Kaufman, president of PMA Properties, in October, reports the Alexandria Times. Sales had dropped by about 50 percent from 2010, he said. Kaufman likely will rent out the theater as retail space. The 8,500-square-foot film house is listed for a five-year lease on PMA’s website. The property holding company is asking for a rent of $42.50 per square foot. Barbara Ross, the city’s deputy director of planning and zoning, said staff was working with Kaufman to determine the property’s future.