EDGEWATER — A dingy, yellow-brick building on North Broadway will soon become Edgewater's newest theater.
The vacant, single-story building at 5451 North Broadway will be entirely renovated and transformed into the Edge Theatre — and the new home of Li'l Buds Theatre Company, said Anne Phillips, a Li'l Buds board member.
She said the new theater, set to open in fall 2015, will be available to other theaters and organizations for events and showings, which could include film screenings, plays and dance productions.
Li'l Buds, however, will have permanent classrooms and offices there, she said.
The small theater company, specializing in children's theater, has been shopping around for a bigger home. Last summer, the group toured the Ridge Avenue firehouse.
"Ultimately, Li'l Buds would like to get to a point where they'd do more shows," said Phillips, of Lincoln Park. "They do a really good job exposing kids to theater."
She said the gut-rehab should begin this fall.
"There's a ton of work to do inside; It hasn't really been occupied for a long time," she said. "The whole thing is going to be gutted."
She said the theater would seat about 100 people when completed.
Phillips said she and her husband bought the building and will finance the construction, while hoping to recoup the expenses by leasing the space to Li'l Buds and other organizations.
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