The long, slow realization that the Bob White Theatre was never meant to be has been a painful process. Mostly self-inflicted due to stubborn wishful thinking. Or denial. Probably the latter.
But the writing’s been on the wall for a while. And confirmation has come in many forms: the secret sale by Nick Storie after years of failed attempts to revive the theater; rumors that it would be used as storage space by the new owners; findings that new ownership, Stacked Holdings LLC, is indeed not in the theater business (and oddly unknown what their business is at all).
Now comes the ultimate nail in the coffin. According to Portland Maps, a permit application shows the theater’s seats, both on the main floor and balcony, are set to be removed.
Not that we didn’t see this coming, but we were forever hopeful it wouldn’t. Now we can hold our breath that rumors of a Day Theater renovation down the block are accurate, and perhaps Foster will get its movie house and events venue after all.