Grand Rapids theater closes its curtains

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Dog Story Theater will not reopen its doors due to the impact of COVID-19.

The theater, at 7 Jefferson Ave. SE, has been closed since March, but its board decided to stop future operations because of the unpredictability of when the venue can be rented for public gatherings and live performances.

“We are so grateful for the incredible generosity the Dog Story community has shown the theater during this time through fundraiser campaigns and individual donations,” Dog Story said. “Your gifts enabled us to pay the bills over these past few months as the theater has remained dark, to hold on just a little longer in hopes that it would be safe to reopen, but unfortunately, the pandemic is still holding on, as well. The safety of our community comes first.”

Although the Dog Story Theater is closing, it will continue to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — just without a space.

“We hope that once live, in-person theater is again possible, Dog Story will be able to make a fresh start,” Dog Story said.

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