HT: Cardinal Stage Sells Building
Jenny Porter | H-T Reporter
May 28, 2020
Local theater company Cardinal Stage announced Thursday it has sold its building at 900 S. Walnut St.
Loren Wood Builders purchased the property on May 15 for $650,000, according to Monroe County property transfer documents. Loren Wood Builders will relocate to the building on South Walnut Street from its current East Third Street location. Loren Wood said in a news release they’re excited to continue the stewardship of the historic building, which was originally built for the Bloomington Limestone Co.
“We are excited to follow in their footsteps in this space, as well as to see what is beyond the horizon for Cardinal,” Wood said. “We look forward to partnering with them into the future, both in their next landing spot and in their upcoming seasons and productions.”
According to the news release, Cardinal Stage has temporarily moved its administrative operations to the Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre at 411 E. Seventh St. The company has partnered with the school since its launch in early 2019.
“We will miss our home at 900 S. Walnut. It’s a terrific, old building that has served us well for years, allowing Cardinal to grow to support hundreds of area artists and craftspeople and become a staple of the Bloomington arts and culture scene,” managing director Gabe Gloden said. “But the time has come to pursue a more full-service facility for the majority of our needs.”
Cardinal’s facility has been listed for sale since 2018, when artistic director Kate Galvin shifted the company’s focus to embrace using available community spaces.
“We’re big renters for Ivy Tech (John Waldron Arts Center) and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater,” Galvin said in November 2018. Using those spaces, instead of managing their own, helps them support the overall arts scene. “Those spaces do have plenty of times they’re empty,” she said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those spaces have remained empty, and Cardinal canceled its 2019-20 season. According to the news release, a 2020-21 season announcement is coming soon.
Cardinal Stage still plans to work closely with the BCT and Waldron to “ensure that those spaces remain vibrant and viable,” the release said, and will not pursue the creation of its own performance space.