Thursday, October 12, 2006

Room with a View

Last May, we celebrated the groundbreaking of the $5.1 million remodeling project to downtown's Pantages Theater. Tomorrow, we can celebrate the grand re-opening of that venue. To mark the event, all of the Pantages' resident performing groups will come together for a showcase evening called “A Taste of the Arts” beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Inside, even the water fountains are gold-plated. Patrons of performances and other visitors will enjoy a great new gathering area, gorgeously redecorated, and other improvements recounted here and here in more detail than our limited space will allow. Most important to readers of this blog, perhaps, the remodel allows a sweeping vista of the intersection of 9th, Broadway, and St. Helens through enlarged window spaces.

More eyes on the street (ala' Jane Jacobs) can't hurt downtown, either. Let's hope that our collective efforts to curb disorder around the neighboring Winthrop Hotel will help make the Pantages more appealing to those patrons.

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