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Hundreds turn out for dedication of Pleasanton's new Firehouse Arts Center

Original post made on Sep 20, 2010

Hundreds turned out Saturday for a ceremony dedicating the city's new $10 million Firehouse Arts Center that included a morning of speeches, special presentations, music, children's activities and a public tour of the new complex.

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Posted by waste
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

What a waste of 10million dollars.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

@ waste - why? It was not tax-payer money. Why is it a waste to have a new performing arts space in Pleasanton? A new attraction like this will bring more people downtown to patronize our restaurants and shops. Seems like a win-win.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2010 at 2:27 am

A total waste of money! The Amador Theater is better suited for larger productions. It seats more people and has the ability to make more money for the city. Now, groups like the many local dance companies are being shoved out of the Amador Theater because all the focus is on the new theater, which doesn't have adequate seating. The new theater seats 100 while Amador Theater seats over 600 hundred. That's why it is a waste!

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Posted by Patricia
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

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Actually, the firehouse theater seats 227 (read the article) and has modern sound/lighting systems that will better accommodate many groups. From what I now hear, the Amador Theater will remain available for large-audience events (thanks to those who spoke up for saving it!) But when was the last time you attended something at the Amador Theater that filled the house? Most local dance groups will find the Firehouse suits their needs just fine. Plus it's got a fabulous art gallery and classroom space. This project has saved a historic building, breathed new life into the arts community of Pleasanton, and will draw people to the restaurants and shops of downtown. Obviously those who donated and those who worked hard to raise the money to make it happen didn't think it was a waste. Since you obviously didn't donate, why would you even care?

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Posted by Salsa
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Waste you say? I think not. You are oviously misinformed about the Firehouse Arts Center and what it is and what it is going to do for our community and business. The billions in bail out money by our government with no return on our investment, now that was a waste.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

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The size of the venue is an important factor, indeed. We've been missing out on a great many wonderful performers here in Pleasanton because we don't have a small enough venue!

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

Certainly was not a waste of money but a smart idea for several reasons. So much emphasis on sports in the Tri Valley and not everyone is into that, so I fully support this venue. The amount of seats is good as the larger theaters are having problems filling them all at this time. The seating arrangement is good and there are many smaller revue type shows for adults that will work well. In fact on the schedule for January is the musical "Cabaret", which is perfect. We need to support this venue.

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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

Put aside the fact that the Firehouse Arts Center is a stunningly good looking (albeit unique) piece of architecture & the work done on the surrounding grounds & landscaping make for a beautiful blend into the park & downtown area. Also having provided A/V services for both the Amador Theater as well a few other venues in the area I can say what a treat it will be for the Firehouse patrons to have a truly state-of-the-art sound, lighting & staging system installed in this historic building, something that just can't be said about (the aging cave that is) Amador.

With a seating capacity of 227 you'll have a more intimate setting affording better interaction of the audience & performers as well as providing ample space to for others to roam around the museum, exhibit & outside areas. With more efficient access for set-up & staging, performers & staff could easily hold 3+ performances a day thus giving you your seating capacity well over what Amador could provide plus giving more flexible times for patrons to attend shows.

I'm looking forward to many an event down there, way to go P-Town!

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

The Firehouse Arts Center is the best thing to happen in Pleasanton in decades. I can't believe the petty minded comments by some on this issue. It was done in time under budget with a remarkable job of fund raising. If the quality of life in Pleasanton is to support the top 100 ranking we really need this. Otherwise you can go back to the old cow town this was 25 years ago when I moved in. Go Pleasanton. Congrats to all the people involved in it and boo to the petty nay sayers.

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Posted by To concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

I believe the nay sayers would be happier if instead of a theater there was a basketball court, or maybe a big screen continuously tuned to ESPN. Then it would NEVER be a waste of money.

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Posted by TMR
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

Loved it. We had fun!

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Posted by LMS
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

From what I understand the city paid $8 million for the construction of the Firehouse, the other $2 million came from donations. The Firehouse was conceived when the economy was stronger, so although I support the arts, it will cost the city to now operate both the Firehouse and Amador. Nothing is free...

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Posted by A Supporter of the Arts
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Sep 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

I think the Firehouse Arts Center is a wonderful addition to our community. Now I will not have to go to Walnut Creek(Lesher), Concord or Martinez (Willows Theatre) every time I want to see a smaller local production. I am proud to say I was involved in one of the fundraiser! For those of you complaining get of your butts and find something you think is worthwhile to get involved with. It will make you feel so much better about YOUR community!

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Posted by Michael Leonard
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

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I live close enough to walk here and I went to the public opening. I'm looking forward to attending events at the Firehouse and hope it is successful.

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