Kessler Theatre at Davis and Clinton could reopen as early as this fall

The Observer‘s Robert Wilonsky has this lengthy post on Unfair Park today, all about neighborhood resident Edwin Cabaniss’s efforts to revive the Kessler Theatre at Davis and Clinton and make it "a mixed-use facility — ‘mixed-use’ in this case meaning a dance studio, a performance space, an art gallery and so forth."

This theater, which Cabaniss says hasn’t been officially used in 31 years, is one of the "contributing structures" mentioned repeatedly by the Bishop/Davis study committee members, as well as one that architect Stephen Pickard and urban planner Kevin Sloan brought up more than once when I interviewed them for April’s cover story. Cabaniss mentions the parking issues tied to the theater — namely, that there are simply not enough allowed by the city to accomodate a theater venue — which is one of the issues the committee wants to address.

Cabaniss cautions on getting too excited at this point in the process, but mentions that the theater could reopn as early as this fall, and feature live music by New Year’s Eve 2010. Read other details on Unfair Park, and watch a YouTube video on the renovation process from Jeff Liles (TheKessler2010) after the jump:

By |2009-05-06T12:01:00-05:00May 6th, 2009|City Hall, News|2 Comments

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  1. Scot June 6, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Revitalizing the theater would be another step forward for the Bishop Arts District, and Oak Cliff. As for parking, at some point a few small parking lots are going to be needed along Davis. There is plenty of land to pave lots to hold 20-25 cars each and still have them blend into the neighborhood.

  2. Greg June 6, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I appreciate the artistic nature of the video but man for someone that really wants to see what the thing looks like or could look like… it did nothing.

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