Of all the changes, improvements, and developments hoped for along the west side of Foster Road, probably none have been talked about and anticipated as much as the future rehabilitation of the Bob White Theater.
Well, FoPo, we’re one step closer to seeing that happen, as the former movie house has just been purchased after sitting vacant for years.
Once rehabilitated, the new owner and Foster-Powell resident, Nick Storie, plans to use the space, now named “Foster Home,” for music, dance, theater and film. Often seen by the neighborhood as a central piece to making the Foster corridor truly great, the Bob White theater has the potential to breathe more life on this stretch of Foster. At the very least, we’ll someday have a place to catch a show, dance, or listen to live music.
The theater now has seating for over 500 people, but the purchase includes an adjoining warehouse and neighboring duplex, so the potential for the site is much greater than sitting people in front of stage and screen. For this reason, Nick and his team are hosting an open house for the community in an effort to solicit ideas for the space. While initial plans obviously call for theater and film space, some additional ideas being tossed around are for a black box theater and artist studios.
At this point, it appears all ideas are on the table and open for consideration. The goal, however, is to make this a space for the community. To take part in this exciting process, everyone’s invited to the open house on Saturday, December 10 at 12pm. Bring your ideas and make them heard.