Royal Poinciana Playhouse renovation plans fall short

Walter S. Timmons
Plans to revitalize the Royal Poinciana Playhouse are 'not appropriate,' according to reader David G. Kamm.

Designs to revitalize the Royal Poinciana Playhouse are ‘not correct,’ in accordance to reader David G. Kamm.

The citizens of our city have now had an option to digest the particulars, as they have been uncovered to them, of the scheme, and I chose the phrase very carefully, proposed to open up the long-closed Royal Poinciana Playhouse. Ought to it be weighed in the equilibrium, it will be located wanting.

The late Patrick Henry Flynn spearheaded the energy to save the construction from the wrecking ball, which includes the filing of lawsuits. His attempts ended up, eventually, profitable and they are remaining ongoing by Lawyer Simon Taylor, whose vigilance from thwarting of the program to re-open up the Playhouse has been stalwart.

The [Palm Beach Circuit] Court docket in 2007 effectively held that the town’s agreement governing the Playhouse and the Royal Poinciana Plaza is specific. The Playhouse is required to be preserved as a “theater” and other works by using are prohibited. The City Council is now urged to abandon that restriction in favor of a plan to remodel the residence into little a lot more than a halfway, with boutiques, necessitating a reduction in the range of seats from about 800 to about 400. Any council votes to approve that plan must be reversed.

Palm Beach is a person of the most glamorous household locales in the environment. It prides alone on the range of historic and cultural companies and internet sites on the Island, and the amazing charitable attempts of its people. Yet, for virtually 20 many years, it has had no first rate location for dwell theater.

Indeed, when the late Barrie Ingham was rehearsing the solid (like myself) for the Palm Beach front Follies Centennial performances in 2011, we have been decreased to using a gymnasium or a dance hall, and we had been confronted with the same predicament for the scheduled performances … a disgrace for a city that retains by itself out for its sophistication, exclusivity and fashion.

A 400-seat “theater” is not correct for our city. It is extra suited for a kid’s tent show in the back again yard, or for exhibiting what is ordinarily discovered in black box theaters, which are pointed out for their cramped, compact venues.

By entertaining the proposed “renovation and updating” of the Playhouse home, the Town Council is, in essence, thumbing its nose at the orders of the Florida courts. The town must not be wanting for means to evade those people rulings but relatively use some creativity and fiscal guidance, if important, to follow the provisions of the covenant that directs how the Playhouse shall be applied, even to the extent of establishing an business office inside the administrative places of work to deal specially with regional entertainment venues.

The operators of the plaza are particularly occupied with return, for each foot, on expense. Must they be envisioned to make any really serious energy to set up a successful theatrical venue?

The days of glittering black-tie opening evenings in Palm Beach front need to not be earlier. Palm Seaside citizens deserve the reopening of the Playhouse as their property for the theater arts, and not on the affordable.

David G. Kamm

Palm Seaside

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