Grand Junction Theater Scene Undergoing Some Changes

The theater scene in Grand Junction has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, but is it a case of too much too soon? After seven seasons the stage at the Greenshoe Theatre will go dark for good. Greenshoe is one of two theaters companies calling it quits in Grand Junction, the other is the Empire Theatre. The cost of paying for salaries, advertising, sets, costumes and utilities just became too much. Their demise begs the question is the market is too saturated? Dan Bollinger, owner of the new Paramount Playhouse set to open in August is planning to make a go of it, but with the average cost of putting on a production ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 even theaters as big as the Cabaret Dinner Theatre which has six thousand season ticket holders has trouble making ends meet. In addition to the new Paramount Playhouse opening, an experimental theater company called Two Chairs is also getting started. However, it is a not-for-profit entity.