Beloved Little Five Points concert venue Variety Playhouse has been sold, but music fans can take a deep breath because we don't have another Masquerade situation on our hands. Nothing is in danger of being demolished... quite the opposite. According to a press release, owner Steve Harris sold the converted movie theater to Agon Sports and Entertainment this week for an undisclosed sum with the goal of giving "a fresh face to the venue, both physically and operationally."
Just as it did when it bought the Georgia Theatre in Athens in 2014, Agon plans to keep much of Variety's staff, including Harris, who, the AJC notes, will stay on as a consultant for at least a year. Architects Perkins+Will (who might ring a bell because they designed a little thing called the Atlanta Beltline) have drawn up plans for the $1 million renovation, which will take place between May and August 2016.
Here's what's in store:
• More restrooms (always a good thing)
• A slightly higher seating capacity
• Improvements to the balcony and bar
• Lowering of the standing/dancing area at the front of the stage so sitters behind them can see
• More shows
See? Sold but not sold out. Not so scary... we hope.