DeSoto’s Corner Theatre Goes Dark For Renovations

Corner Theatre in DeSoto

DeSoto Corner Theatre

DESOTO — For residents of Desoto, the local Corner Theatre has always been the perfect place to spend an evening. Its the perfect place to be entertained by the latest event or show billed on the marquee.

In the past, the theatre was open all year long according to DeSoto Public Information Officer, Kathy Jones. Right now the theatre is “dark,” as it is going through some major renovations so patrons can enjoy an even better theatre experience this fall.

The theatre’s mission statement has always been about encouraging opportunities for community participation in enriching theatrical experiences. At the same time, theatre goers can expect a focus on not only inclusion, but also quality performances and a well-balanced theatrical season of events.

Much Needed Theater Improvements

“The Corner Theatre has been closed for renovation,” Jones explained. While the construction is nearing completion there is still a need to install lighting and a sound system before it opens again.

The plan is for the theatre to re-open again by October 1, but Jones said there is no definite date yet. However when it does reopen, she points out, it will be an exciting time to visit.

“The Corner Theatre had some problems with handicap access that have been resolved with the renovation,” Jones said. “Once complete in fall 2017, the Corner Theatre will reopen as a “black box” theater. Converting to the “black box” concept, a relatively recent innovation in theatre, provides a large square room with black walls and a flat floor and broadens the uses for the facility.”

To that end, the traditional proscenium stage and audience risers have been removed and the facility is now a clean slate that can accommodate “theater in the round” or a concert or even a wedding reception depending on the set-up.

“The Corner Theatre has always been a great venue for smaller productions and intimate concerts,” Jones said.

It seats about 150 and it is one of the few venues of its kind that is available for rental by the general public. The theater is managed by the DeSoto Parks & Recreation Department. It was opened to the public in 1997.

Other Opportunities To Enjoy The Arts Locally

The DeSoto Arts Commission presents many concerts and productions at the Corner Theatre. Jones says the real perk above the great entertainment is that the venue is available for private citizens or groups who would like to produce a play, concert or meeting as well.

Since there is no definite date for the Corner Theatre to resume operations, no shows are currently scheduled. Even with the theatre closed for renovation, Jones said the entertainment has not been put on hold.

“The Arts Commission is continuing to host concerts using other venues,” she concluded.

Jones said the DeSoto Arts Commission is continuing the Fourth Friday Concert Series utilizing the Outdoor Amphitheater at Town Center instead.

There will be a free concert on August 25 at 8 p.m. with the Forte’ Band and free Outdoor Movie showings of “Sing” on August 4 and “Hidden Figures” on August 11at 8:30 p.m.