Lyric Opera operations moving to Crossroads

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Lyric Opera operations moving to Crossroads

Post by DaveKCMO » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:27 am

Lyric Opera sells its theater
On Wednesday, the Lyric sold the 81-year-old Lyric Theatre, which has been its home since 1972, to DST Realty for about $2 million. On Thursday, the Lyric bought three large buildings at 18th and Charlotte streets that will house rehearsal halls, scene-building shops, costume and makeup studios, and administrative offices.

The company will continue to perform at the Lyric Theatre until early 2010, when it will begin staging productions at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The sale, however, will relieve the company of the cost of maintaining the facility at 11th and Central streets.
Tom McDonnell, DST president and CEO, said his firm had no immediate plans for the old theater or the surrounding block.

But he said the company wanted to help the opera and other arts groups that perform there during the transition period before they begin using the new performing arts center.

“I don’t think the long-term use is likely to be theater,” McDonnell said. “Once it’s clear they’re in their new home, we can rethink how to use the property.

“By then, the impact of the Sprint Center and Power & Light District will be more clear. There may be some use we don’t anticipate that could develop.”

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Post by PumpkinStalker » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:46 am

I hope I'm not the only one that gets a little anxious, if not downright upset that the future of the Lyric is not as a theater.  I'm all for the Kaufman Center, but I cringe at the idea of the inside of the Lyric being mutilated.

I'm quite nervous about this...

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Post by DaveKCMO » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:56 am

PumpkinStalker wrote: I hope I'm not the only one that gets a little anxious, if not downright upset that the future of the Lyric is not as a theater.  I'm all for the Kaufman Center, but I cringe at the idea of the inside of the Lyric being mutilated.

I'm quite nervous about this...
indeed, but it's not like the Midland or Uptown, which both have great acoustics, sight lines, and fabulous interiors. as long as it doesn't get turned into a parking garage, we'll be fine.

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Post by tat2kc » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:07 am

it hasn't always been a theater has it? Wasn't it an masonic lodge or something before the Lyric moved in? 
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Post by loftguy » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:07 am

PumpkinStalker wrote: I hope I'm not the only one that gets a little anxious, if not downright upset that the future of the Lyric is not as a theater.  I'm all for the Kaufman Center, but I cringe at the idea of the inside of the Lyric being mutilated.

I'm quite nervous about this...
I really don't think we need to be nervous.  DST has renovated a lot of unique and historic buildings.  They have been extremely well thought out and executed.  If you have creative ideas for it's reuse, either as a theatre or otherwise you should let them know.  Sounds like we've got a couple of years to dream up solutions.

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Post by LenexatoKCMO » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:08 am

Is channel 9 still going to operate out of there?  I guess I haven't paid attention; are they even operating out of there now?

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Post by lock+load » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:19 am

LenexatoKCMO wrote: Is channel 9 still going to operate out of there?  I guess I haven't paid attention; are they even operating out of there now?
They are moving at the end of the month I believe somewhere off 435.

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Post by LenexatoKCMO » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:54 am

lock+load wrote: They are moving at the end of the month I believe somewhere off 435.
Thats too bad - I always gave them credit for staying in the loop.  I would have thought that with all of the renewed DT activity, at least one of the stations would want to stick around to capitalize.  I guess this probably means that Channel 9 will probably end their practice of sending one of their "field" reporters over a couple of blocks to do a "remote" in front of the courthouse for every crime story they don't have footage for. 

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Post by Midtownkid » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:34 pm

I always thought the Lyric would make a great upscale club, like ones from the 30s w/ the huge swings that models swing on and rose peddle floating around...haha.  I don't remember where, but I saw that in a movie somewhere (Goodfellas?)  It could be a club where you have to wear a tux or a catour dress...a different idea.
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Post by dangerboy » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:44 pm

Here is our *very* lengthy thread on KMBC's move to the southeast side and all of the associated discussion.

http://forum.kcrag.com/newforum/index.php?topic=1507.0

What I wonder about the reuse of the Lyric building is whether it will be become private space like offices or housing, or if remains a public space with some other sort of art/entertainment use.

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Post by FangKC » Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:45 pm

I've been worried about the fate of the Lyric ever since talk of the PAC began.

After some consideration, I think the Lyric could be saved if the 1000-room convention hotel that is planned is built at 11th and Wyandotte and the Lyric could be attached and used as a ballroom and event space for the hotel.  The hotel could also book performances into the space.  Another alternative is for the Marriott to use the space for the same purpose.

Another alternative would be to place a B.B. Kings' Blues Club or House of Blues nightclub in that space instead of in the P&L District.  It would be an ideal setup since it already has a stage, seating, ticket office, and balcony.  The Lyric is in fairly decent shape already, so there wouldn't have to be a lot of renovation, which is what might have made the Empire Theater so daunting for consideration of those clubs in the past.

In the meantime, DST can rent it out for graduation ceremonies and perhaps some convention gatherings.
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Post by tat2kc » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:42 pm

I always thought it would be a great space for non-profit performing arts groups to use for offices, meeting and performance space.  Gather in a lot of smaller groups to share space. They could not only have performances, but teach, and do a lot of commuity related activities.  Make it a real arts space. 
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Post by KCTigerFan » Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:42 pm

Perhaps now that the Midland is changing format DST will consider a renovation of the Lyric to be used for cultural arts events that are too small for the Music Hall.  I would love to see the Lyric block used for a new mid/high-rise structure tied to the office portion that KMBC will be vacating and a restoration of the theater itself.   

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Post by KCMax » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:06 am

Lyric Opera gets federal boost for new Crossroads complex
It?s showtime for the Lyric Opera?s new administrative and production complex in the Crossroads Arts District, thanks to a federal incentive that?s yielded $3 million for the project.

The boost from the New Market Tax Credit program, the first awarded locally for a cultural endeavor, will secure financing for the first phase of the $13.1 million project, the renovation of a former boat manufacturing building at 18th and Charlotte streets.
Work already is well under way on renovating the building at 712 E. 18th St. The Lyric expects to occupy the space and begin construction on sets in early August for its first performance.
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Post by chrizow » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:24 am

nice.  this will be a great addition to the east crossroads.

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Post by ignatius » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:34 am

good news but it sure would've been nice if they could've built a new building along Main and create some badly needed infill in xroads.  a boost for e xroads nevertheless.

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Post by loftguy » Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:20 pm

Surely I am missing something, but the article seems to indicate that they are spending $437 psf on this project. ($13.1 m into 30,000sf)

That can not be.

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Post by missingkc » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:40 pm

If I'm reading correctly, the Star says it's a $13.1m project and included two buildings on Holmes as well as the 30,000sf main building.  The buildings on Holmes were demolished and a new building will be put up.

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Post by Midtownkid » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:53 pm

The building to be demo'ed is no loss.  However the new building looks pretty underwhelming by that rendering:

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Post by smh » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:44 pm

Midtownkid wrote: The building to be demo'ed is no loss.  However the new building looks pretty underwhelming by that rendering:

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I'm pretty sure this building is just a renovation/reuse of the existing building at the site. This image is not one of the new buildings.
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