While officials seek to transform a section of downtown Glendale into an arts and entertainment district, the local theater scene is slowly turning into a tragedy.
Citing weak ticket sales, Glendale Centre Theatre representatives say they may draw the curtains for good after 63 years.
A Noise Within, an esteemed theater troupe that has performed at the Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard for roughly 17 years, will offer its final Glendale performances in early June before moving to Pasadena.
The leader of the Luna Playhouse on San Fernando Road cited financial difficulties in deciding to move on to other projects after five years, though the building owner plans to continue staging shows.
Tim Dietlein, executive producer at the Glendale Centre Theatre for 30 years, said low attendance is forcing him to consider closing the curtains or relocating to another city after the 2011 season.
“It is decision-making time for us,” Dietlein said. “We’re deeply in debt right now, and we’re just hanging on.”