MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
BREAKS GROUND ON EXPANSION,
RECEIVES KEY TO THE CITY
Renovations to include 62 additional premium seats to create an upstairs club level lounge, as well as expanded lobby space and restrooms
April 1, 2013 (Jupiter) – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has broken ground on its planned expansion and received a ceremonial key to the city from the Town of Jupiter.
Earlier this year, Jupiter resident and founding board member Roe Green and the Roe Green Foundation offered a compelling challenge grant of $1.5 million toward a $2.5 million capital campaign. To date, the not-for-profit Theatre has raised $800,000 of the additional $1 million needed to complete the renovations, with $200,000 remaining.
“We are beyond excited to have begun construction to improve our facilities, with renovations that are expected to be completed prior to our 2013/14 season, Your Ticket to Great Entertainment,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “With attendance at 94 percent capacity this past season, our success has finally caught up to us and confirmed a positive trend at our Theatre: the need to grow.”
The Theatre plans to add 62 luxurious new seats in the existing second floor space to create an upstairs club level lounge. This second floor renovation will include a private entrance, glass elevator, expanded lobby, bar and restrooms, all adjacent to the 62 new seats. Additional executive offices will also be added to this floor, bringing the majority of the hard-working staff together. The Theatre also plans to expand and upgrade the downstairs lobby, increase restroom capacity and add a much-needed standalone family restroom.
“The addition of 62 seats in our Theatre will mean more than 7,000 additional seats per season, and it has the potential to add more than $350,000 in earned revenue each year,” said Tricia Trimble, the Theatre’s managing director. “We are almost there, and just need to raise the additional $200,000 to complete the Theatre’s renovations this summer.”
At the Theatre’s annual volunteer appreciation event last week, Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka presented the Theatre with a ceremonial “key to the city” on behalf of the Town of Jupiter, commemorating the Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Season. This honor follows a proclamation by the town in February of “Maltz Jupiter Theatre Week,” which recognized the Theatre’s cultural contribution to the Jupiter community and extended gratitude to the Theatre’s volunteers, board members, donors, students, staff and patrons.
“Congratulations on a wonderful 10th Anniversary of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre! It is a testimony to the strength of will, perseverance and creativity of all who work and volunteer at the Theatre,” Mayor Golonka said. “The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become a much-loved institution and is indeed a ‘jewel of Jupiter’ that continues to lift our spirits and challenge our imagination.”
“It’s been said that the arts – such as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – challenge our imagination and lift our spirits. A community without the arts is a community that has lost its soul and its opportunity to experience beauty and wonder,” she continued. “We are so grateful for the vision and generosity of those like Roe Green and Milton and Tamar Maltz that have helped lead this Theatre to greatness.”
Construction is expected to be complete in early October. The Theatre’s staff members are currently working throughout the summer in office space next to the Theatre in Reynolds Plaza. The Theatre building is currently closed, but the Conservatory is open for summer camp and the box office is available by phone and online.
Tickets are now on sale now for the rest of the theatre’s 10th Anniversary season, and subscriptions are currently on sale for the Theatre’s 2013/14 season, Your Ticket to Great Entertainment. For a complete schedule and tickets, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws over 70,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,530 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence in 2012. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.orgor call the box office at (561) 575-2223.
Linnea Brown (561) 972-6132