Per an email we received yesterday from the press folks for Soho Think Tank
, the theater company that has called the Ohio Theatre at 66 Wooster Street their home for some 29 years, the venerable Downtown performing arts institution will close on August 31, 2010, after being on death-watch a while already
. Last year Soho Think Tank's Artistic Director Robert Lyons explained
to The L
how he had brokered a one-year lease extension with the new owners of the building that houses the performance space, saying that "we signed a lease that guarantees us the space through August 2010... And then beyond that, I don’t know."
Well, as announced in yesterday's press release, beyond that the Ohio Theatre will cease to exist in its current form, and the Soho Think Tank will be shopping around for a new space. According to the release, "they are currently in discussion with other downtown venues, including HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, PS122 and The Public about their next season." In the meantime this summer's annual Ice Factory '10 will be the last event to take place at the Ohio Theatre, and that's very, very sad.