This time, the threat comes from the man who saved it 10 years ago.
Leo Redgate started the Community Theatre Foundation, and going non-profit seemed to work, for a time. Maybe it’s still a good business model, maybe not, but what he told the Fairfield Citizen is that he doesn’t have the time for this little project anymore.
“I need to prioritize my life,” he told reporter Genny Reilly.
(Update: The Fairfield Sun’s story described litigation and general turmoil, suggesting much more going on behind the scenes.)
Redgate closed it without warning a few weeks ago. He’s undertaking some renovations and is looking for a new owner or sponsoring organization. If not, that’s it for one of downtown Fairfield’s more prominent landmarks.
I haven’t gone there in years. Since the advent of plasma TV, it’s harder to get me out in front of a movie screen. My richest memory there was watching “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” there, among all the straight, straight-laced Fairfielders. It felt subversive!
Since, they’ve done some revivals and such, but they’ve been mainly under my radar. Without Borders, my trips to downtown Fairfield are practically non-existent.
And reading this story, I keep thinking about the new Bijou, and what this means for them…