I was listening to the K Street streetscape plan this last Tuesday on the city website when something caught my ear. One of the speakers was Jim Brennan, his company are the ones renovating the Atkins Building(?) at 10th and K (NE corner)into office condos and ground floor restaurant space. He said they have also acquired the Kress Building, 920, 924, 930 K Street (which are the 3 buildings on south-west most section of 10th and K) and the most intriguing, The Crest Theater.
He said they are looking to reposition The Crest into a performing arts center.
He's a Juilliard School graduate that has done projects in the Gaslamp, SOMA and says was one of the drivers behind the Louise Davies Symphony Hall in SF, along with work on the Opera House and Ballet Building.
We know The Crest shows a lot of films, speakers, music, comedy, festivals, some live theatre, and other events, but seeing The Crest as a performing arts center as well would be a pretty darn cool thing in my mind.
The main auditorium could be a nice mid-sized venue between the community center theatre, music circus, memorial auditorium, which are too big for most, and places like Thistle Dew or The Geery. An upgrade (I don't mean a major structural change for you preservationists) could maybe allow the main stage to be another midsized venue for more live theatre performances that seems to be really needed in this city.
The only thing I have to go on is what I heard from him speaking for 3 minutes, so there isn't much to go off of. There was no mention of the actual plans or ideas, but I would really like to find out what they are.
I'm very interested to see if they will still keep all the events that currently take place and will be able to make it work for another live performances as well. The other possibly I thought was maybe they were thinking of taking The Crest Cafe that is part of the building and turning it into a small theatre, that seems less likely though.
The only thing I was able to find was something off the Carrier Johnson website that lists "Crest Theater Mixed-Use Development | Sacramento, CA"
The Davies Hall was the work of 15 years of effort in a city with lots of corporate money and wealthy people, along with 5M (1980s money) from Louise Davies, 10M from the city, and other funds from companies and people. Any type of performing arts venue takes a long time to come to fruition in any city, let along a smaller one like Sacramento.
As I have mentioned before, philanthropy has been on the rise over the last few years, let's see if that pays off here.