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Show goes on at Broad Street’s Nevada Theatre

In a turnabout, Foothill Theatre has decided to stage its next play at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City after both sides renegotiated a short-term deal on Thursday, said board President Lowell Robertson.

Last Friday, Robertson announced the play “On Golden Pond” would be presented at the Broad Street Furnishings Building ” transformed into a theater-in-the round ” because talks with the Nevada Theatre were going nowhere.

But after Nevada Theatre’s full board more thoroughly considered the consequences of ending a 25-year relationship, a short-term deal was reached on Thursday, sources said. Foothill will receive a rent reduction under the deal.



Commissioners Jane Primrose and Paul Drake stepped forward to represent the Nevada Theatre Commission in the latest round of talks.

A rift between the two sides formed after the Nevada Theatre Commission sent Foothill a “default of lease” notice on Aug. 11 because it had not paid the full amount of rent due for August.




Commission President Jim Dodds earlier had defended this letter and others, citing legal reasons. Foothill’s other creditors took a conciliatory approach, however, Robertson said.

Now Nevada Theatre has agreed to reduce its rent by $1,000 per month to $3,607 per month for the theater and business offices, said Foothill Executive Director Karen Marinovich.

Under the new deal, Foothill also will keep its business office at the “Ice House” in Nevada City.

“On Golden Pond” will run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26. “Little Women” also will be shown at the Nevada Theatre. Robertson remained optimistic “Little Women” also would be shown.

Foothill still needs to raise $145,000 by year-end to complete this year’s schedule and mount one play next year as well, Robertson said.

A new contract would have to be negotiated between Foothill and Nevada Theatre for next year.

“Foothill has been a tenant of the Nevada Theatre for over 25 years and we look forward to their next two productions in the Nevada Theatre,” said Primrose, speaking on behalf of the board.

Grass Valley political, civic and business leaders had said they would welcome Foothill if the company decided to leave Nevada City.

To contact Jeff Pelline, e-mail jpelline@theunion.com or call 477-4235.


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