Theatre N’s Renaissance

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The Mill, The Kitchen and The Grand Opera House‘s partnership provides inspiration to the potential connected efforts can bring in infusing fresh energy into Wilmington.

Early this year, concerns about the theater organization and its future led to action. Robert Herrera, founder of the community-driven workspace The Mill—and the theater’s upstairs neighbor in the Nemours Building—approached BPG and Zach Phillips, filmmaker and founder of The Kitchen, about possibilities for the theater’s future. From there, a new vision was developed.

Robert Herrera. Image from BPGS Construction.

Herrera and Phillips joined forces with members of The Grand. That included Beverly Zimmerman, the original theater manager during its most successful years—2002-2013—as well as Bob Weir, a seasoned projectionist and the technical director at The Playhouse on Rodney Square, and Mark Fields, executive director of The Grand and The Playhouse.

“If anybody can revive the theater, it’s the team we have now,” says Herrera. “This is the second coming of the Theatre N.”

The partnership focuses on targeting a young entrepreneurial demographic, expanding to special events, TED Talks and more. One feature of the new system is that the team will now have access to films from every independent studio, not just a limited subset, which was the case previously. Zimmerman will once again take over the film schedule.

Upcoming Events at Theatre N
The Mill Talks: Public-Private Partnerships

Thursday, December 15th 5:30 – 7:00pm Register here

The fist talk was an insightful and exciting discussion on new initiatives the City of Wilmington, is planning on using nature to; increase revenue, attract new businesses, and improve the lives of it’s residents. This second installment is shaping up to be just as intriguing!

Speakers include:

Read our recap of the first Mill Talks: “Envisioning A Healthy, Thriving Wilmington”

Playing at Theatre N December 16-18th

Little Sister FRI 2 & 8:30 | SAT 4 | SUN 6 | Tickets here

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“Zach Clark goes down dark-comic alleys, but he’s made a transfixing film about a dysfunctional family that looks touchingly and unnervingly like yours and mine.” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened…  FRI 5:30 | SAT 1 & 7:30 | SUN 3

Tickets Here

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“The story of a legendary, rare theatrical failure from Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince doubles as an inspiring tale of ambition, youth and why we make art” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


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