Local favorite improv and comedy group, Dad’s Garage Theatre, has had quite the ride recently. They began 2015 by looking for a new home, doing a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and moving into a renovated church.
Now Urban Land Institute has nominated them for an award which recognizes leadership in sustainable development. Other nominees include Ponce City Market, Abernathy Greenway Linear Park, Waterhub at Emory, Porsche Experience Center, Square on Fifth, and The Office apartments. Nominees are must be located in Georgia, Alabama, or Eastern Tennessee.
The theatre group bought the church in Old Fourth Ward in January 2015 after development forces them out of their Inman Park home. A record-breaking Kickstarter campaign brought in $150,000 and received contributions from across the world, according to a news release from the theatre.
The new digs for the theatre were redesigned by Pimsler Hoss Architects. They turned the sanctuary into a performance space that seats more than 200 and created a hangout space with a full bar and a smaller stage in the downstairs of the old church.
Nicknamed the “House of Dad’s,” the space was officially opened on New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 with sold-out performances.
Urban Land Institute award winners will be announced September 15 at an awards banquet at the Atlanta History Center.
Dad’s Garage Theatre asks you to “cross your fingers, toes, and eyes” for them to win.