LOOKING TO THE FUTURE - GREAT FALLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER HOME OF L/A COMMUNITY LITTLE THEATRE
RENDERING CREATED BY JOY & HAMILTON ARCHITECTS, AUBURN, ME
FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY
2012 - Demolition begins 2011 - On August 26, 2011, CLT signed a 99 year lease. CLT got control of the Great Falls Performing Arts Center for $1 per year, plus all the expenses of maintenance and upkeep. The signing brought the end to nine months of negotiations concerning the fate of the building. Demolition was still planned although only for the West Wing of the building.
To Our Supporters
City of Auburn
Auburn Water District
Joy & Hamilton Architects
Washburn & Son Excavating
2011 - In April 2011, after many discussions with the city, amongst the board, community and tenants, CLT proposed a Memorandum of Understanding to the City Council for consideration. Unfortunately, CLT was not able to propose maintaining the entire facility only the theater wing, which still left many tenants without a home. The proposal was to provide CLT with a 99 year lease as the primary tenant and building operator. CLT would become fully responsible for all operating cost of the facility.
2010 - On November 15, 2010, City of Auburn councilors voted to close the Great Falls School facility for good with plans to demolish the facility in June 2011. Many tenants, not just CLT, were officially on notice. This included The Dance Center, Camire School of Dance, Mudroom Pottery, Share Center, ELHS Drama Club, Auburn Adult Eduction and L/A Community Little Theatre. Despite this decision, CLT Board of Directors were determined to either find a home or enter into a successful negotiation with the City of Auburn as its oldest and largest tenant.
2003 - The City of Auburn and CLT initiated a joint funded feasibility study. The study concluded all options would require major investment in the facility to ensure the long term sustainability of the arts in downtown Auburn. The study was not used until more recent years when the city was beginning to face budget cuts and indecision on the support for the Great Falls School. CLT also was looking to reinvigor the long term lease discussion in order to initial a capital campaign for much needed improvements for both patron comfort, quality of productions and safety.
2003 - After many years operating in the former Central School, now Great Falls School, the building was site for 74 fire code violations. The City of Auburn addressed the majority of the items, the major expense the sprinkler system in the theater wing. Until its installation, CLT was required to have volunteers on fire watch throughout the building during every performance. This inspired a renewed effort for the future of GFS.
1980's - CLT continued its efforts to raise money, although funds were very limited. The renovations you see today in the auditorium were the last major renovation efforts CLT was able to complete. CLT also lost its agreement with the Department of Education who turned the facility over to the City of Auburn. Despite having a "home" for CLT, filled with alot of time and effort of many volunteers and supporters, its future remained uncertain in this location.
1981 - CLT reached an agreement on the use of the space with the Department of Education and renovations began.
1978 - Community Little Theatre moved into the Great Falls School auditorium as its permanent "home", the venue seated 700, but many of the seats were in disrepair. CLT would begin it's first capital campaign estimated to cost nearly $70,000 in renovations.
1978 - The first building committee was established to find a "new home" headed by Mary Glen Rosenberg and Lewis Alessio. Many locations including granges, mill space, former hotel were all assessed although they came back to the old Edward Little High School, then the Central School as the best option to suit the theater's needs.
Prior to 1978 - Community Little Theatre operated out of and owned real estate on Sylvan Avenue in Lewiston until it was sold for $8,000 to the Design / Build Group.