Salamone Will Operate Theatres at 45 Bleecker

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Though the Culture Project recently exited the theatre complex at 45 Bleecker Street, the venue will not lay dormant, as the producer Louis S. Salamone has leased the two-theatre space.

Salamone will operate the complex — which will be known as Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street — in association with Edmund Gaynes. The pair also operates Actors Temple Theatre and St. Luke's Theatre in the theatre district. Calvin Wynter will manage the performance spaces and the café space.

The larger main stage, with flexible seating from 199 to 300 seats, will be dubbed the Bleecker Street Theatre. The smaller space, with 99 to 155 seats, will be named the Lafayette Street Theatre.

The Green Room will be the late-night identity of the Lafayette Street Theatre. From 10:30 PM to 2:30 AM, the venue will host singers, comics, musicians, performance artists, burlesque and spoken word. Charlie's Place Café will be the name of the lobby café, open all day seven days a week.

The complex will get refurbished, though both theatres are currently available for long-term booking and for short-term rental for dark nights, daytime events, auditions, rehearsals and parties.

The Culture Project, the complex's former tenant, took over the Manhattan Ensemble Theater's space at 55 Mercer Street. Salamone began his career producing concerts for such artists as The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra and Run-D.M.C. For the last 15 years he has worked in the theatre industry in New York City, coordinating the revitalization of the Players Theatre and starting After School Productions, a producing and general management company. He and Gaynes recently took over the management of the Actor's Temple Theater and the Saint Luke's Theatre.

Gaynes has produced many shows Off-Broadway and on the West Coast. He has appeared as an actor in such shows as the Broadway productions of The Body Beautiful (the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical) and The Fig Leaves are Falling. He has guest-starred on numerous TV shows such as "Cheers," "Kojak" and "The Patty Duke Show" and had a two-year run on "As the World Turns."

Wynter has operated the Gene Frankel Theatre and managed 45 Bleecker Theatre in the past, and has produced many theatre projects in such places as Edinburgh, Sydney and Toronto.

To contact the Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street call (212) 353-9283.

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