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Robins Theater…Just a Memory or New Project?


clip_art.jpgThe Robin’s Theater in Downtown Warren, circa early 1920s, could be called the “rough cut diamond” in the crown of the City.

Several years ago I was asked to be part of a “Restoration” study group, which I jumped at the chance, but alas, it died out and hasn’t been pursued.

Recently in conversation with a friend, the idea of regionalism in the efforts to restore the Robins was mentioned. By joining forces with TNT Theater; Packard Music Hall; TAG; Kent State University Trumbull and the Fine Arts Council, a small venue theater could be a part of the larger scope of Regional Theater or even Film and Art Festivals.

The Robins could be used to encourage and showcase local area play writes, film makers and musicians to the general public.

Wouldn’t it be nice that instead of just past memories of a passed generation it was giving new memories to a new generation and the economic value of the “old” Theater is surly worth the time and effort.

Any idea of an Entertainment District must include the Robins Theater.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/31/2009 3:04 pm

    Could you help me clear my head regarding the theater? Did the city get a million dollar grant a few years ago for restoration? It was in the back of my mind, but I was recently reminded of it.

  2. 05/31/2009 8:09 pm

    Yes, the State had designated monies for the Robins. When nothing was done with the project, and others from across the State wanted the money for their Districts, Randy Law (the then State Representative) worked out a deal that some of the monies were used in the Mosquito Lake Lodge study and the rest went to the Packard Music Hall.

    One of the arguments used at the time for re-channeling the funds was, “at least the money stays local and we can always go back on the Robins later.”

    Added info, the Robins is privately owned by the Phillips family and the City has no control of what they do with the structure.

  3. 05/31/2009 8:24 pm

    That’s interesting. Do you suppose the present leadership would have the nerve to ever try for another grant, after fumbling the ball the first time?

    I’ve heard a rumor that the Phillips family is willing to turn over the property to anyone with a serious plan and concrete funding to renovate it. Is that true (to your knowledge)? Or is that just another downtown warren dirty lie?

  4. 06/02/2009 12:01 pm

    I had that rumor cleared up for me, here in the real world, and I can state that I was unequivocally wrong regarding that.

    Shame. What I heard though. Makes me sad.

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