Thursday, September 19, 2013

Patrons Unhappy About North Idaho Theatre's Closure

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

As threatened, the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, swimming in red ink, brought its curtain down for good at the end of its most recent season, with no plans to reopen.

And now, a number of its former patrons say they're not too happy with the way the closure was handled by the nonprofit theater group's board.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that some patrons stepped up with extra donations when the theatre threatened to close this summer. Additionally, some members of the public said they paid in advance for tickets for a holiday show that was scheduled to take place this December at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

"Now you can't get ahold of anybody," Johnny Hernandez, told the Press. "They need to put information about things of this nature out to the public. The board still exists."

Meanwhile, a board member told the Press that the nonprofit was still "working on negotiations with creditors."

CST ran a 12-week season each year, June through August, performing at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the campus of North Idaho College.

CST officials said it cost them approximately $10,000 a night to mount a performance. A 2011 tax return indicated that CST annual revenue was approximately $940,000 but expenses were $34,000 higher.

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