Odeum to hold in-theater fundraiser for Dec. 1


The Greenwich Odeum on Main Street, East Greenwich, has set the date for its first in-theater event since it’s closure in 2007. The Odeum will hold a silent auction at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the newly renovated theater.

The evening will feature a wide variety of auction items (silent and live), music from some local talent, and food and beverages. Admission is $35 per person. Registration can be made by sending a check to the Odeum, PO Box 504, East Greenwich, RI 02818, or visiting the Odeum's website, www.theodeum.org.

"We've been working hard to meet all building and fire code issues, and making the theater a comfortable and wonderful place to see exceptional performances," said Frank Prosnitz, the Odeum's president. "We expect that at the fundraiser we will be announcing a full lineup of performances, and offering attendees an opportunity to purchase tickets.

"This is also a wonderful opportunity for people to see the renovated theater," Prosnitz said. "It will be a wonderful celebration."

Silent and live auction items range from a stay at the world-renowned Ocean House to a specially prepared meal by a celebrity chef.

Additionally, the theater continues with its seat sponsorship, where individuals, families or businesses can sponsor a seat, having their name engraved on the seat's arm. The cost per seat is $150, and gives individuals, families, or companies a chance to have their name permanently connected to the theater's revival. On Dec. 1, the price for seat sponsorship increases to $200. To sponsor a seat, those interested should send their check made out to The Greenwich Odeum, and mailed to PO Box 504, East Greenwich, RI 02818, or purchase a seat through the website at www.theodeum.org.

The Greenwich Odeum served as a live performance venue from 1994 to 2007, until the passage of stringent new fire codes forced the theater to close its doors. In recent years, restrictions were eased, and the possibility of re-opening the historic Vaudeville-theater-turned-movie-house became once again attainable. Renovations at the theater have been going on for more than a year, and crews have been ripping out old seats and bringing the building up to current-day code. Throughout that time, the Odeum Corporation announced many potential opening dates, but the theater has yet to open its door to the public.


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