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A bold suggestion for downtown Columbia

Public buy Columbian, convert it to working theatre. 'It's critical to the vibrant health of a community to expose its citizens to a wonderful spectrum of music and theatre,' Doug Beard says.

By Doug Beard
Guest commentary on music and theatre

Related to the approach of the Academy Awards this week, I have enjoyed the interesting stories on CM about the history of the Columbian Theatre. This facility has been an important part of the legacy of our Public Square for well over half a century.

Wouldn't it be great if our city and county officials could secure funding to purchase this building and convert it into a working theatre?

It's hard to compete with the cinemas which now attract our movies audiences, but, it could be a wonderful venue for plays, concerts, pageantry and other art related events.

It's critical to the vibrant health of a community to expose its citizens to a wonderful spectrum of music and theatre.

Maybe this is something for the Adair County School System and Lindsey Wilson College to think about as well.

Doug Beard

This story was posted on 2011-02-21 12:07:10
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