EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Ownership of Alhambra Theatre adjusted arms in early 2018, with Ken Haynie III and Aaron Kendall finding the keys.
Not much has occurred given that then to restore the one-time motion picture theater’s interior. Haynie mentioned he nonetheless wishes to obtain a new use that will carry the neighborhood back again inside. An party location is one risk that’s been reviewed.
But there have been obstacles. The COVID-19 pandemic, for a person.
“The reality that (a) massive share of the hospitality workforce was not working made for an setting unfriendly to beginning a company in that industry of the last few of years,” Haynie mentioned in a text message, responding to an inquiry about the Alhambra’s standing.
He also pointed to infrastructure get the job done in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District that went on for months, and was completed in late 2020.
That task, which involved street and parking redesign and drainage move upgrades, limited traffic coming into the location and slowed enterprise action. Enterprise house owners at Haynie’s Corner want to stop a 2nd, lengthy phase of infrastructure function, which would increase a roundabout at Southeast 2nd, Jefferson and Parrett streets.
Ken Haynie reported no motion is imminent with regards to Alhambra Theatre’s inside restoration, but “we have had quite a few chances that we have explored and (we) go on to take a look at many others.”
Crafted in 1913, the Alhambra closed as a community motion picture location in 1956. The structure’s exterior its absolutely restored exterior and it gleams at evening when its flashy lights are on.
But the building’s within continues to be a dim, dank shell.
Haynie and Kendall are true estate agents with FC Tucker Emge.
Haynie’s Corner Arts District is named for Ken Haynie’s good-grandfather, George Haynie, who owned a three-story drug store, dwelling and soda stand at Next and Adams streets starting up in 1887. The making burned in 1944, 5 yrs just after George Haynie died.
A marker honoring George Haynie is positioned at the Haynie’s Corner fountain.
Essential dates in Alhambra Theatre heritage
- 1913: Design starts in April, and it opens to the community in September.
- 1956: Theatre closes to the general public, and it stays closed with the exception of weekend performs in 1967-68.
- 1976-1988: Revitalization endeavours commence. A sequence of entrepreneurs and tenants try to increase resources from non-public donors, nearby governing administration and federal grants, Different programming takes place, while just about every try proves unsustainable.
- 1995-2000: River’s Bend Playhouse begins another fundraising campaign. The value of renovations at this time are estimated to be $1.2 million, and the corporation dissolves due to money complications.
- 2003: Historic Landmarks of Indiana will take possession of the Alhambra, finally advertising it to the nonprofit team Alhambra Theatre Inc. That group continues fundraising but can’t deliver programming since the construction is unfit for occupancy.
- 2015: Alhambra Threatre Inc. and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana enter a genuine estate connection, offering the Arts Council a two-12 months invest in solution.
- December 2017: Alhambra Events LLC, underneath management of Ken Kaynie III and Aaron Kendall, is declared as the theatre’s new ownership entity.