Historic Church Near 6th Ave Could Become a Theater

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has purchased a 90 year-old church located a couple blocks from 6th Avenue in Tacoma, with the goal of turning it into a theater.

The Epworth LeSourd Methodist Episcopal Church, at 710 South Anderson, served its congregation until this summer, when it was sold due to high costs of maintaining the building. TMP puchased it and is in the process of seeking historic register status for the church.

The theater group has also applied for a conditional use permit to allow it to use the property as a "family playhouse theater," which it is referring to as "The Spire." The space would also serve as administrative offices, and home to TMP's theater education program, with acting classes offered during the week. 

The Tacoma Daily Index reports that Tacoma Musical Playhouse plans to use the space as a second performance venue, with 200 to 250 seats for performances. TMP also plans to grow its educational program, to revive its Murder Mystery Dinner series, and offer "second stage" shows more suited to this venue than its current space near the west end of 6th Ave. The Index also reports that TMP hopes to share the building with other arts organizations and to host weddings in the future.

Read more on the history and significance of the church, and TMP's plans for its future from the Tacoma Daily Index.


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