Published Dec. 29, 2009
The story: The historic Olympia Theater in Palmetto reopens after decades as the Olympia Performing Arts Center.
What next? The Olympia Performing Arts Center didn’t exactly have the wildly successful first six months it was expecting. They tried to start strong with a solid lineup of plays and musical acts, but they couldn’t sell enough tickets to make it worth the effort. Shows started to get canceled as the owners went through staff adjustments — they’ve gone through two general managers since opening — and reports of unprofessional conduct when booking the venue have also surfaced. They have mainly been sticking to regular shows by the Green Bridge Improv troupe and they are planning a major concert for February or March. They plan to produce a Saturday Night Live-type show with help from True Hollywood Screen Test.