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CROWN POINT — Nearly 100 seats from the now-shuttered Star Plaza Theatre are being donated to the Indiana Ballet Theatre. 

The seats will be used for a black box theater that will be housed in Indiana Ballet Theatre's future home — the 20,000-square-foot former nurses sanatorium on North Main Street near the Lake County Government Complex.

What will be known as the Classical Arts Centre is currently undergoing renovations. 

In addition to the black box theater, the building also is expected to house dance rehearsal studios, spaces for local musicians to teach and rehearse, a café/bistro and leased space opportunities for arts organizations and artists. The surrounding grounds will include various interactive gardens and an amphitheater for concerts and performances.

Indiana Ballet Theatre founder Gloria Tuohy said the 93 seats from Star Plaza Theatre are the newest ones they had and were located in the first row and the balcony. 

"We're very excited about it," she said. "Especially since we've performed there for 20 years. We've sat in those seats."

Tuohy said they paid "a very reduced amount" for other items including 30 chairs, six portable mirrors and portable flooring — enough for the black box theater flooring.

Tuohy said with the closing of the Star, it will be a challenge to find a venue for the larger ballet shows they perform.

"We will get through it," she said.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.