The Venue Creekside, a new event space in Cleveland, opened its doors to the public at an event Tuesday night after only about a month of renovations.
Run by a local company called Stage AVL, the new business is located near the Village Green Town Center in a building that was once home to the former Village Theater.
Just over a month ago, renovations began on the building, which had not been open to the public on a regular basis since it was occupied by a community theater group through 2010. The company signed a long-term lease on the Allen Jones-owned property.
As guests poured into the old theater space, which was lit for a concert-like event and filled with examples of event set-ups like buffet tables, many attendees could be heard chattering about the types of events that could be held there.
Adam Lowe, owner of Stage AVL, said he wanted to provide the community with another choice for an event space, and he said everything from wedding receptions to business conferences could be held there.
Before it became ready to rent, Stage AVL staff and a crew from 3-D Construction made several renovations to the space. All the old theater seats had been cleared from the main room. New flooring, paint colors and other such additions were added to spruce up the building. A lot of cleaning took place. The space was also outfitted with a variety of electronic equipment, including the lighting and sound equipment needed for events like concerts.
When renovations began, Lowe said he hoped to maintain some of the theater’s old charm. What was once the theater’s concession stand remains as a place for caterers to prepare food for guests, and the old lighted signs that once held movie posters now hold signs welcoming people to the venue.
Though he originally estimated the renovations could cost up to $100,000, Lowe said what has been done so far has stayed under that number.
“Honestly, I’m under budget,” Lowe said.
There are changes that will continue to be made to the space as time goes on, he said.
Parts of the building still need to be painted. Curtains lining the walls in the main room need to be adjusted. The “kinks” need to be worked out of the electronic setup.
“It’ll be a work in progress,” Lowe said.
Still, the company has already been taking reservations for event dates, and several private tours of the space had occurred before the official opening event.
“We’re filling up very quick for spring and summer,” Lowe said.
So far, mostly events like wedding receptions and private parties have been slated to take place at the venue. However, Lowe said more unique events like a fashion show are also set to happen there.
He said his hope is that more people will begin to embrace the venue as a place to hold gatherings like regular meetings and conferences instead of just one-time events.
For more information about the space, call Stage AVL at 423-473-9668 or visit www.facebook.com/thevenuecreekside.