Marietta needs public theater facility
March 31, 2013 12:07 AM | 1088 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Downtown Marietta is the center for arts and culture in Cobb County. I maintain there are more art facilities and museums in walking distance of the Marietta Square that you can find anywhere in this state.

The time has arrived for downtown Marietta to have a public performing arts venue. It has only been a short time since the Theater in the Square folded its tent, and now the only professional performing arts company, the Lyric Theatre, will be leaving the Square, as the Strand and the Lyric were unable to continue their five-year relationship. But to attract and keep top quality professional performing arts companies, we have got to have a first-class, affordable performing arts venue.

The City of Lawrenceville has a public performing arts center that provides a broad array of community theater and high quality professional companies. The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville is managed by a professional theater company. Knowing the immense value of publicly owned performing arts venues, the City of Buford recently built a beautiful state-of-the-art performing arts center and has no resident company.

What is it that keeps people in the community and draws people to the community? Top quality public education and a vibrant arts community.

It is time downtown Marietta has a public performing arts center. I urge the city to continue to be a leader in the arts.

Tom Browning

Chairman

Downtown Marietta Development Authority
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DMDA or Lyric?
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April 01, 2013
Maybe Tom Browning should have signed his letter as Member of the Atlanta Lyric Theater's Board instead of Chair of the Downtown Marietta Development Authority. Can anyone say Conflict Of Interest?
anonymous
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April 01, 2013
You have got to be kidding.

"I maintain there are more art facilities and museums in walking distance of the Marietta Square"

- Putting the word "museum" on a building doesn't mean it is worth a hoot



"It has only been a short time since the Theater in the Square folded its tent"

- The Theater in the Square facility is alive and well with the Young Actors Playhouse - drawing more people than the prior occupants did - throughout the week with rehearsals and performances

"I urge the city to continue to be a leader in the arts."

The city hasn't been a leader in the arts in my 50 years on this planet.

You use TOS and Lyric's failures to succeed on the dumpy Marietta Square as reasoning to spend taxes for a new arts facility. Briliant!

When I think of cultural leadership - Buford and Lawrenceville are top of mind. not.

Cobb has a top notch public, performing arts center, with terrific access, free parking,nearby restaurants, etc. Its called the Cobb EMC.
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