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101 C   J. Michaels Lane
Jeannette, PA 15644
724-527-7775
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227 Main Street
Latrobe, PA 15650
724-527-7775
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UPDATE
So...how far along is this glorious project?
Let's take it from the top, as they say in the biz.
A little bit of history--how we got here
A little bit of progress--where we are

In 1979 we opened the original CABARET THEATRE in a barn.

= Performance Venue
We lost our lease in 1985 and from then until now we have performed in many, many venues throughout Westmoreland County.
After 30 years of searching...we found a building we thought we could transform into a home for our theatre company in Latrobe, PA.  It had THREE FLOORS--enough room for us to "diversify" so that box office income would not be our only source of income to support our theatre.
So we, the family, lent the money to the corporation and bought the building for $25,000.  We closed the deal on August 13, 2015.
"At 72 years of age, I should have known better.  I know I should have known better and BJ should have known better, but he and I went ahead and did it anyway.  I retired from teaching after forty-seven years in the classroom and after over 30 years in construction, BJ's knees were deteriorating fast, but we threw caution to the winds and bought the building anyway. 

Why?  Because it's important.  It's important to our souls--we are artists and we need to create.  And there are other theatre artists in our region and they, too, need a home--a place where they can be serious about their respective crafts and grow better at what they do.

To what end?  How does "happiness" sound?  We artists are never happier than when we are creating.  And then...to present the creation to an audience and to make them laugh or cry or think...well, that's the icing on the cake, isn't it? 

But really...we should have known better, right?

Wrong!  Despite the many difficulties, we'd probably do it all over again."

  
We applied for and received our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, effective September 2015 and The Cabaret Theatre, Inc. is now both a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation as well as  United States 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity.
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We expected to get a building permit, install some restrooms and a stage and be off and running toward our goal of establishing a regional entertainment center.  So, to that end, we made drawings and submitted them to the City.​​  We knew we'd have to wait to do something with the upstairs, but oh...the downstairs!  To finally have a green room and dressing rooms and a shop and even a small performance space for concerts and cutting edge shows!!  It was a dream come true!

Ground Level

Lower Level

Upper Level

And so we began what repairs we were permitted to do while we awaited the Building Permit.
And we began to rehearse the first show...
...and we mailed a brochure
...and we designed a pamphlet
...and we sold season subscriptions
...and we established a GoFundMe Campaign
...and we did everything necessary to guarantee a June 2016 Opening
​But we never opened, because...
​Our plans did not satisfy City Codes.
It was the THREE FLOORS that did us in.

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Everything on the Inspector's list was "do-able" for us, except the very first one: 

1)  "...if we have an "A-1" use group on a floor other than the level of exit discharge, a sprinkler system is required. That is required regardless of the occupancy load.  There is a basement and a second floor.  2004 IBC 403.2.1.1 

THERE WAS NO GETTING AROUND IT IF WE WANTED TO USE THE WHOLE BUILDING, AND WE DID.  WE WANTED DRESSING ROOMS AND A SHOP AND STORAGE.  AND SO...WE NEEDED THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM. 

THE KIND OF THEATRE WE WANT
FOR OUR ACTORS, TECHNICIANS,
AND DIRECTORS....Terrance Mann
puts it nicely...

​​We want a theatre where the  artistic personnel can play and grow and constantily fine-tune their skills.  

We want to choose plays and musicals that challenge the directors, the designers, and the actors. 


We do not want to be in competition with other local theatre companies.   We will have our own niche and what we do will only increase the number of fine theatre choices our region will have.

​​When will this happen?  All I can say is "in good time."  ​​
We'll keep our eyes on the prize and you keep your eyes on our progress.
  If Fundraising goes well, soon we'll meet inside THE CABARET THEATRE.