UPDATED: Fort Wayne’s Clyde Theatre announces planned opening in May and first wave of concerts
Ghost, Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and more are among the first wave of concerts scheduled for The Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road in the Quimby Village shopping center in southwest Fort Wayne.
Tickets for most of the shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at clydetheatre.com and 1-800-514-3849.
The former movie theater, which was built in 1951 in an Art Deco style, has been undergoing an extensive renovation and should be completed by early May, said Rick Kinney, Clyde Theatre general manager. More than $5 million has been invested reviving the venue, which basically had been vacant since it closed as a movie theater in 1993, Kinney said.
When he purchased it in 2012, most everything of historical value had been stripped out of the building, Kinney said.
“What I found basically was a shell with a bunch of broken windows and pigeons,” he said.
But the stripped down nature of the building provided a good opportunity to repurpose it as a concert and special events venue, he said.
The finished venue will contain a main performance hall of more than 21,000 square feet, which will serve as a concert hall and special events center, a news release said.
Community leaders Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater, the company he founded and leads, invested significantly in the project, said Kinney, a former technical director at the Embassy Theatre and a member of the local band Mosher Woods. The Clyde Theatre world-class sound and lighting systems, Chuck Surack said in an announcement about upcoming concerts there.
The theater plans to bring in nationally touring music artists representing a wide variety of musical styles, Kinney said. The acts also will range from new, up-and-coming artists to classic and well-known acts.
Kinney expects to announce many more upcoming shows in the next few weeks.
Kinney expects the Clyde Theatre to host five to 15 concerts per month, with the heavier schedule taking place from late fall through early spring when acts don’t play at outdoor festivals.
The Clyde Theatre fills a niche not served yet in Fort Wayne – a venue able to host standing-room, general admission concerts for up to 2,200 people and intimate sit-down shows for up to 800 people, Kinney said. The standing-room shows will appeal to people who like to be up and dancing to rock, country, funk and hip hop, he said.
“We really are set to become a regional destination,” Kinney said.
People and organizations also will be able to rent the theater for special events on days when no concerts are scheduled, Kinney said. The venue has a preferred list of caterers that can provide food and beverages.
People will be able to see the inside after the Clyde Theatre receives its occupancy permit, which is scheduled for early May, Kinney said.
In the meantime, they can find out more about reserving the venue for private events by going to www.clydetheatre.com, emailing email@example.com or calling 1-260-747-0989.
The first wave of concerts includes the following shows. Tickets for all but the Ghost show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday:
• May 16: Stone Sour, 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $32.50 in advance, $35 week of show and $37.50 day of show.
• May 29: An Evening with Ghost, 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance, $43 day of show; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
• June 12: Fitz & The Tantrums, 8:30 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
• June 15: Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $18 day of show, four-pack for $45 (limited availability).
• June 16: Chase Rice, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $32.50 in advance, $35 week of show and $37.50 day of show.
• June 23: ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
• July 12: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. . Cost: $32.50 in advance, $35 week of show and $37.50 day of show.
• Aug. 4: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
To buy tickets in advance, go to clydetheatre.com or call 1-800-514-3849.