It’s been less than three years since Nick Storie bought an aging and vacant theatre on Foster. In that time, the Bobwhite Theatre has been reborn, died off again, earned the scorn of neighbors, and slowly come back to life again—the latter being a slow, deliberate rebirth overseen by the theatre’s current manager, Nick Haas.
That three-year chapter, with all its ups and downs, excitement, false starts, and disappointment, is ending. And so, too, is the Nick Storie era. At least as it pertains to the Bobwhite. As we reported a couple weeks ago, the theatre was put on the market and officially listed for sale.
The asking price: $825,000.
The fate of the building became uncertain, and the hope of a continued rebirth came into question. After all, the asking price was steep, and the space—both the theatre and the Wurltizer (warehouse) room—still needs considerable improvement. That uncertainty didn’t last, though, and it appears as if a new chapter is starting just as quickly as the first one ended.
Re-enter Nick Haas.
After taking over operation and management of the theater in May, Haas has made his love for the space obvious. And his determination to make it the best it can be for the community, while also fitting it into his vision for the space, is equally obvious. He hoped Nick Storie would accept his eventual offer to acquire the building when it was first listed, but he knew other offers were on the table. Some, maybe, had other plans for the space; some not so good for the neighborhood. In the end, Haas’ offer was accepted.
Now the deal has to be finalized. If all goes according to plan, ownership will soon change hands and we may get the theatre that we’ve all been waiting for. Regular music, community events, even movies.
Until the deal is finalized—cross your fingers—get to know Nick Haas. Here’s a profile of him that we did in May: “Meet Your Neighbors: The Bobwhite’s Nick Haas.”