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Storefront Theater / Neighborhood Revitalization

The STOREFRONT THEATER transforms Main Street into an outdoor theater by using an abandoned freestanding storefront wall in downtown Lyons as its site. The wall folds down over the sidewalk with the push of a button, providing seating for 100. Both the seats and screen retract and disappear when not in use, giving the impression that there is nothing unusual in this town, leaving only word-of-mouth accounts for inquiring visitors. In addition to showing movies made by local residents, it has inspired other buildings to become an art gallery and film studio, spurring a growing low budget film community and drawing in people from nearby cities.

Client / Manufacturer

Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta
Canton, United States

Design

Center for Rural Affairs

Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, Nebraska, United States