[image-1]The former site of ghost storytelling, the Magnolia Singers, and many Piccolo Spoleto concerts (as you can see here with Matthew Bivins of Cabaret Kiki), Buxton’s East Bay Theatre, a tiny nook seating about 70 at the most, closed in December.
Owner Julian T. Buxton III told me the reason was financial. He couldn’t meet the cost of a lease held by the Southeastern Management Group. The theater was built in 2005 using 40 seats from the old Garden Theatre on King Street (currently occupied by an Urban Outfitters).
The seats have now been sold to a “guy living on Edisto,” Buxton told me, “for his own private theater.” Chad Yonce, of Southeastern Management Group, told me the space is being turned into — what else? — condos.
“I’m sad to see it go,” Buxton said.