Citing building safety issues, members of Post’s City Council officially informed members of The Garza Theatre’s Board of Directors Tuesday (Sept. 13) that the city would have to close the theater immediately until further notice.
The theater building is owned by the city of Post.
A recent inspection by Grimes & Associates of Wolfforth found several safety issues with the almost 100-year-old building, including problems with the roof. The firm’s estimate of construction costs for the required improvements was listed between $1.5 million and $1.8 million.
All performances of “Godspell,” which was slated to run Sept. 15, 16, 23, 24 and 25, have been cancelled.
“The news comes as a sad shock to us here at The Garza, but we understand the need to uphold public safety,” said Scott Harris, board president. “We regret that we have no other choice but to close our outstanding production of ‘Godspell.’ The mayor and city manager have said they are willing to work with us to find a solution to the building’s problems, and we look forward to resolving the building’s issues to keep this longtime Post tradition alive on Main Street.”
In 1986, the Caporck Cultural Assocation persuaded a native son to return home and pursue the vision of opening a live theater in the town of Post. After three plays, Will McCrary seized the opportunity to realize a dream of his own – to reopen the World War I-era Garza Theatre and present high-quality live performances inside. Closed since 1955, the theatre was burned by vandals two years later and boarded up for more than 30 years.
Arbie Taylor, city manager, said the formal discussion of the theatre’s closure will occur at the next city council meeting on Oct. 18. Post’s City Hall is located at the corner of Main and Broadway.