The Bluff City Theater plans to present a play that will be performed on a bus.
The Bluff City Theater plans to present a play that will be performed on a bus. However, to make the event more accessible to those attending, the city is being asked to allow the theater to reserve two parking spaces in front of the theater at 212 Broadway (former F&M Bank Building). The matter was a topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Traffic Committee meeting.
Bluff City Theater’s premier production, “Tales of an Urban Indian,” will be performed entirely on a bus, according to Joe Anderson, founding chairman of the theater. In a letter from Anderson to the Street Department, that was presented during Tuesday’s meeting at city hall, patrons will be boarding and disembarking in front of the theater. To “assure their safety,” reserved parking will be needed for each performance.
Matinee and evening performances are planned, starting July 9 and running through Aug. 10. While Anderson noted the performances will be for a limited run, he added there is the possibility of the production being held over until Sept. 14.
According to Anderson’s request, the spaces would be needed from 1:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., with the bus returning to the theater by 9:30 p.m. to disembark. Performances will occur on Wednesdays through Sundays. The theater is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Members of the Traffic Committee recognized that allowing the reserved parking directly in front of the theater will be a challenge as a fire hydrant is located near the theater building, just east of an alley that runs north and south between Third Street and North Main Street. Add in the yellow painted curb to prohibit parking near the fire plug, and at least one parking slot in front of the theater is lost.
Since two parking spots aren’t available immediately in front of the theater, that means one of the reserved parking slots would be needed further east in the 200 block of Broadway which would take it in front of the theater’s next-door neighbor, Cernea Appraisal Services.
“I’d like to hear feedback from neighboring businesses,” said Fire Chief Bill Madore, who is a member of the Traffic Committee.
Because any recommendation by the Traffic Committee must be approved by the City Council, that would leave only the Tuesday, July 1, meeting for the matter to be brought up.
The request was given tentative approval Tuesday, subject to there being no objections by Bluff City Theater’s neighbors. If there are complaints, City Manager Jeff LaGarce indicated he would take the entire matter to the Council on July 1.