City signs lease agreement for Lafayette Theater

The 10 year lease will allow the Long Center expand operations into the Lafayette Theater for $10 a year.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 12:14 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city is now in an official agreement to lease the Lafayette Theater to the Long Center.

As we previously reported, the city took ownership of the Lafayette Theater in early January.

Tuesday, the board of works approved the lease agreement with the Long Center.

The 10 year lease will allow the Long Center expand operations into the Lafayette Theater for $10 a year.

Crews have already started sprucing up the theater. That includes painting the lobby and cleaning the carpets.

Long Center Executive Director John Hughey said the partnership creates a lot of opportunity for the more than 80-year-old theater.

"We want to look at the flexibility of the space," he said. "So you're going to see a lot more activity during the daytime. You're going to have businesses coming in, offering presentations during the day, and you're going to have families coming to visit for family shows. That hasn't happened previously."

Jan. 26 is the first scheduled performance since the city took over. So far, the outlook is positive for the presentation of the Big Bubble Bonanza.

"We are close to sold out," Hughey added. "So, if you don't have tickets already you might have missed this opportunity, but we'll have another show."

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