Marilynn Wick, founder and chief executive officer of Costume World, a premier supplier of theatrical wardrobe to clients ranging from the White House to high school drama clubs, recalls driving by the shuttered Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton earlier this year.
And she thought to herself, “Well, somebody will open it. It’s such a beautiful building.” Then it hit her who that somebody should be.
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THE CALDWELL’S CHECKERED HISTORY
*Until it closed last year, it was the longest-running professional theater in Palm Beach County. It began in 1975 under the auspices of artistic director Michael Hall, who retired in 2009.
*Artistic director Clive Cholerton took over and pushed an even more ambitious lineup of productions than Hall, though audiences didn’t respond and debts began to mount.
*When it closed in April 2012, it was $5.8 million in debt, including its mortgage on its Federal Highway building.
*Costume World owner Marilyn Wick announced in late March that she would lease the building, move her Pompano Beach Broadway costume museum into the space and also run the theater. The first shows begin in September.