Art House

I particularly enjoyed reading your article regarding the lack of appropriate theater space in Charleston. (“The Ongoing Venue Problem” by John Stoehr, March 12) It is time for private property owners to embrace the issue and turn their properties into secure space for expanding the arts.

My husband has been in the profession of promoting Charleston as a destination for almost 30 years. Prior to that he was a member of professional organizations which attended conferences in Charleston even before the city’s revitalization. It took one advocate, Joe Riley, to bring this city back from the run-down tenements of the 1950s. The same holds true for theater venues.

We need to form a grassroots group which would approach city officials on the issue of creating permanent venues that will not fall victim to developers or other means of destruction.

Our family has spoken often about turning our second floor on King Street into a small venue for contemporary theater, music, and/or improv comedy. There are many other property owners who may share the same belief. If you have had any other response to the article or if you know who is willing to join an advocacy group for theater venues, I would appreciate it if you let me know.

Rebecca Turner Riggs

Mt. Pleasant

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