Midtown antique store cedes space to theater

A Midtown antiques shop is now history.

The curtain came down on Kate's Antique Mall to make way for a new show in town.

This was one case where chewing the scenery was a good thing.

The demolition of Kate's Antique Mall was not only a act of progress in Midtown's revitalization efforts, it was also a major production for Playhouse on the Square.

"Which is the next step in our process of creating a new theatre complex on the corner of Cooper and Union," Michael Detroit, of Playhouse on the Square.

For decades the massive building housed up to 150 antique dealers at a time. But the reviews were always mixed for the local landmark which was never equipped with heat or air conditioning.

"The conditions were horrible, but we all had a lot of fun," JoAnn Bell, the mall's former manager said laughing.

Professional live theatre is the plan for the next era of entertainment there.

Playhouse has already raised more than half of the $15 million needed to build the new facility.

It will have much more room on stage and off than their current location on Cooper Street.

"Wing space, fly space but also we'll have state of the art costume shop scene shop things that we don't currently have in our theatre spaces," said Detroit.

So with a happy ending already scripted, act one really brought down the house.