Sunday, October 22, 2006

wanna run a theater?

Posted By on Sun, Oct 22, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Steve Small, the Belcourt's managing director, has tendered his resignation effective Nov. 1. It's good news for Small, who's moving on to become executive director of the much larger Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio, a 2,500-seat venue. That says something about the job Small has done in helping to turn around the Hillsboro Village theater, which in his 3 1/2-year tenure has gone from steady losses to a solid rental base, bigger movies, broader appeal and a higher community profile. This summer was the most profitable in the Belcourt's recent history, fueled by the blockbuster grosses for A Prairie Home Companion (with which the theater outperformed almost every other movie house in the Southeast).

Small, a veteran event promoter with a background in music and pro wrestling, said the Youngstown gig was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. He'll leave some big shoes to fill. Anyone who's interested (or has good ideas for a candidate) should call Belcourt chair Will Cheek at (615) 300-3390. In the meantime, the Belcourt's current president, longtime board member Jayne Gordon, will serve as interim managing director.

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