MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile play house, closed since the Christmas day tornado damaged it, received news of another setback this week.
The Mobile city council on Thursday delayed a vote to fix the building, a which could end up costing you more than $15,000. Tuesday, they plan to vote on it again, in the meantime, theater volunteers are waiting in the wings.
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse planned to open in late January, with the premier of a play titled: "Wait Until Dark".
Three months later, a staff of volunteers waits in the dark, while city officials determine who owns this South Carlen Street building.
"We were not expecting that, the ownership of this building has never been questioned; it's a city owned building and has been since the sixties," said Danette Richards, Joe Jefferson Playhouse board president.
Richards said attorneys will have to determine who's responsible for fixing the theater. But, why should this matter to the person who doesn't watch plays?
"It's a quality of life issue," said Richards.
That may be the biggest significance to having a thriving arts community in Mobile, Richards says, it attracts potential employers.
"The big companies that come in they look at quality of life for their employees in a community," said Danette Richards.
She ought to know, Richards also works for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.
Richards says the playhouse is without power and no one has examined its roof since an EF-2 tornado ripped several A-C units from it in December.
If it's determined that the city is not responsible for repairs the playhouse board will have to look elsewhere for money.
"We are optimists and we have not stopped, we continue to meet, we continue to move forward and it's not as if we're going to open it's for when we're going to reopen," said Richards, "The show will go on."
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