The show won't go on: Army expected to close community theaters
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published: July 08, 2016
After decades of presenting beauties and beasts, little women, angry men and lucky stiffs, the Army’s community theaters across Europe are likely going dark for good.
The expected closures would be the latest result of budget cuts that have roiled the Army in the past few years. The end of the theaters’ run, expected to be officially announced soon, would take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of fiscal 2017.
“All funding is being eliminated and the theaters are starting to announce their closure,” Dane Winters, Installation Management Command-Europe’s entertainment director, wrote on the Baumholder Hilltop Theater’s Facebook page on July 1. “Since individual garrisons can choose to fund the program in different ways, it is possible one or two programs will survive.”
Several theaters announced they’d be closing on Facebook.