Get Out at Crosstown Arts Theatre 

When the Crosstown Arts Theater opens in January, the new venue will see lots of different events. Church Health will hold its weekly meetings there, and it will serve as an assembly space for Crosstown High School. The space may even see a wedding or two.

click to enlarge Crosstown Arts Theater - JAMIE HARMON
  • Jamie Harmon
  • Crosstown Arts Theater

And while the goal was to strike a good balance across all different types of groups and all different types of genres, the theater's raison d'etre is music and film. In fact, Jazmin Miller, theater director, says, "We've put a priority on music and film weekly."

The theater is both physically and acoustically flexible. It has four main configurations: 1) proscenium, 2) thrust/runway, 3) arena, and 4) flat. The dynamics of the space can be changed via the modular flooring and curtains. The sound will be managed through acoustic tiles, which were made in Crosstown's woodworking facility. Miller explains, when unamplified groups like a symphony perform, the tiles may be exposed. Curtains will be drawn to dampen the sound as needed.

The Crosstown Arts Theater will hold a series of "mic checks" to test out the theater before its official January opening. The first, a screening of the super hit Get Out, will be on Monday, October 22nd. A performance by the Crosstown Youth Theatre is set for November. A public speaking event is also in November, followed by a holiday jazz concert in December. Tickets range from free to $15.

The theater has a state-of-the-art projection system and will eventually screen art and indie films.

Of Get Out, Miller says, "It's horrific, but a comedy." She notes that people generally laugh for two reasons. One, it's funny, and two, it's uncomfortable. It's something Get Out masters. "It's a brilliant blend," she says.

"Get Out" screening at Crosstown Arts Theater, Monday, October 22nd, 7 p.m. $5

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