Akron Civic Theatre

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Summit County Council has unanimously approved a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation that would offer financial support to struggling entertainment venues.

Such venues were among the first to close when the coronavirus pandemic struck. The state just established reopening guidelines that limit capacity to 15% or 300 people.

For places like Akron Civic Theatre, executive director Howard Parr says that’s not financially feasible. Right now, Parr says venues like his need funds to remain viable and a realistic way to bring back crowds.

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The 90-year-old Akron Civic Theatre is poised to undergo a major restoration and expansion project that is expected to take the venue into the next 90 years.  

Theater officials have raised close to 90% of an $8.5 million capital campaign called “Staging the Future.”  The money will be used to complete a restoration that ended in 2002 without finishing the front of the building and Grand Lobby.

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Halloween is not typically the first holiday you think of when it comes to love. However, Akron Municipal Court will once again be offering couples the opportunity to tie the knot on the spookiest of days. The court is offering to officiate weddings at the Akron Civic Theatre on October 31st.

This is the fourth year the court has offered the special Halloween ceremonies. Judge Ron Cable will preside.

The 12-story Landmark building at the corner of South Main and Bowery is pictured as work goes on at the 42 million dollar Bowery redevelopment project on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Akron, Ohio.

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Akron Civic Theatre Holds 90th Anniversary Celebration

Apr 12, 2019
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The Akron Civic Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary this weekend.

The theater will hold a free event Saturday that includes food and entertainment.

There will be stilt-walkers, a magician and a showing of the movie "Singin’ in the Rain."

Associate Director of Programming Valerie Renner said the theater’s actual anniversary is on the 21st, but they wanted to celebrate a little early.

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The Akron Civic Theatre is holding an open call for its 2019 All City Musical.

The theater is looking for high school students grades nine to twelve to audition for its production of Aida. The casting call is open to public, private and home school students. 

The theater’s associate director Val Renner says auditions are appointment-only and the spots are filling up fast. She encourages students to audition because of the theater’s welcoming environment.

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Homeless people in Akron who are limited in their options for hospice care may be about to get a new resource.

Holly Klein is the president of Grace House Akron, which provides end-of-life care for people who can’t afford it. Her goal is to either find an existing house or build a new one that can provide beds for up to six people.

She says she felt motivated after hearing stories of hospice patients passing away without loved ones or a caretaker.

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The group behind the Bowery Project in downtown Akron is looking for an additional $2 million to add a classical arcade to the redevelopment plan.

The Bowery Development Group, made up of DeHoff Development and the Welty Building Company, is spearheading the $38 million effort to renovate part of Akron’s Main Street adjacent to the Civic Theatre.

DeHoff Vice President Beth Borda says the arcade will make it easier to transition between Main Street and the Lock 4 Canal, which flows two stories below. 

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