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North Front Theatre
The new owners of the North Front Theatre wanted to keep the classic feeling of the building for new shows this year. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than six months ago, a popular theatre in Downtown Wilmington closed down.

However, that didn’t stop three new owners from stepping in.

The new name is North Front Theatre and the new owners wanted to keep the classic feel alive in Wilmington.

The theatre previously known as City Stage was a memory of Downtown Wilmington.

“One of the partners worked here for a long time before Level 5 City Stage shut down. With his prior experience and knowledge of the place, we thought it’d be a good investment and a good place we could call home,” Joshua Parrish, owner, said.

For months the performance space was cleaned up and prepared for its reopening.

Joshua Parrish says in the end, this is all for the theatre community in Wilmington.

“I think it’s great for the community. Wilmington is known for its theatrical arts and all the performance arts here and there’s not a lot of venues left that supply a convenient, cheap space that the local community can get to. Especially the younger groups that want to perform,” Parrish said.

There are already new performances booked for the coming months.

“We have several performances coming up in November and one for New Years. We have a Halloween show. So, the calendar is filling up,” Parrish said.

He loves to encourage the performing arts and hopes he can even show off his skills.

“I enjoy watching others fulfill their passion. A big passion of mine was music so I have a little personal passion here. I can’t wait to step foot on stage myself and do a little something,” Parrish said.

Parrish owns the North Front Theatre with Branden Riggan and Richard Campbell.

They all encourage anyone slightly interested to come out to the old-fashioned theatre.


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