Northwest Children’s Theater Is Moving Downtown

The company will renovate the former movie theater at 1000 SW Broadway.

For decades, Northwest Children’s Theater has been synonymous with its headquarters at 1819 NW Everett St., an imposingly beautiful gray building that looks like something out of a Tim Burton film. But that’s about to change.

In a press release, NWCT announced it will leave its longtime home and start anew at the 1000 Broadway Building. The company will renovate the space on the lower levels that was previously inhabited by a Regal fourplex movie theater, transforming it into a multivenue arts center.

Dubbed The Judy Kafoury Center for Youth Arts (or The Judy) after NWCT’s founder, the arts center will include a 240-seat proscenium theater, a 120-seat flexible black box theater, and a 190-seat family cinema for family film showings, movie sing-alongs, and birthday parties.

The space will also include rehearsal studios for classes, camps, and community meetings, as well as improved concessions and a parking garage.

Although NWCT has already signed the lease for The Judy, it still needs to raise $900,000 to make the move possible, having already raised $4.2 million with another $1.2 million in grant funding pending.

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