JUPITER, FLA.: Maltz Jupiter Theatre has announced its plans for a capital campaign to support an expansion proposal that would double the building’s square footage. The architectural plans have been approved by the Jupiter Town Council, and the theatre hopes to raise funds for the estimated $25 to $30 million project before breaking ground at the end of the 2017-18 season.
“We believe the Maltz Jupiter Theatre can not only be the best regional theatre in Florida, but one of the best regional theatres in the nation,” said Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief executive, in a statement. “With attendance at an all-time high, our success has confirmed a positive trend at our theatre—the need to grow. Now we need the public’s help to make our dream of expansion a reality.”
Under the plan, the stage will be 10 feet deeper and 6 feet wider, allowing the theatre to qualify for pre-Broadway productions and national tours. The theatre’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will double in size, allowing for more educational opportunities. The expansion plan also includes adding a rehearsal studio.
“It’s a very important asset for us to be able to attract visitors to the area who really love culture,” said Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County, in a statement. “Those cultural tourists will come down and spend more money. It’s a great economic benefit for everyone.”