Next summer the Millibo Art Theater will move from its Westside location to a new home in Ivywild.
The theater, known both for its first-run plays and for its children’s classes, will move into the Ivywild Community Church at 1626 S. Tejon St., across from The Blue Star restaurant and close to the new Ivywild Elementry School development, which will open in early 2013 and house a number of businesses, most notably the Bristol Brewing Co.
Theater owner Jim Jackson said the move will be good for business.
“It gives us better visibility, more access, more parking,” he said. “it’s going to be a really good move for us.”
The theater’s current location, at 21st and Pecan streets, is surrounded by warehouses and auto repair businesses, yet Jackson says the theater has grown and prospered there.
“But we’ve really outgrown that space,” he said. “The new location will give us the chance to really grow our classes.”
The new location will be renovated to become a theater. Seating will increase from 85 to 120, he said.
“We really think this is the right fit,” Jackson said. “It’s exciting to become part of the community.”
The proximity of the brewery and restaurants will be a plus, too, Jackson said.
“Adults want to have dinner before the show, and then drinks after,” he said. “And we can’t really offer all that in our current location.”
Millibo will finish out the current season at the Pecan Street location before the summertime move.
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