Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors have announced the purchase of the former Gomez Electrical Contracting building at 251 N. Pearl street for use as a production facility for theREP.
Capital Repertory Theatre, founded in 1981, is the only professional producing theatre in a 14-county range of upstate New York, and has staged over two dozen world premieres. Annually, theREP draws 75,000 patrons downtown.
The Gomez building, located less than a half-mile from theREP, affords over 30,000 square feet of work and storage space.
For many years, theREP has rented production facilities from The Egg, at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Having its own nearby facility offers permanence, malleability and much greater capacity, while reducing costs and providing an economic anchor on the N. Pearl Street corridor.
Going forward, the theatre’s technical staff will build, repair and store all set pieces and scenic elements at 251 N. Pearl Street, which also houses offices for the production team.
“Putting theREP’s production under a roof we own just makes sense,” says Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “We are committed to theatre in downtown Albany, and this gives us a greater stake in the community.”