One of the venues of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, the Goodale Theatre is an excellent example of historic theater design. The well-preserved building was constructed by the New York-based Shubert Theatrical Company, which built 60 theaters around the country between 1900-1920. Architect Will A. Swasey designed it in the Classical Revival style. He also designed it to be very fireproof and as such included wide stairways and many fire exits. The theatre became the home of the leading resident professional performing company in the city called the Bainbridge Players. Touring Broadway shows also performed here. The Goodale was moved to this location in 1996 to be part of the Cowles Center and was renovated at that time. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, a designation that helped save it from demolition.
Backstory and Context
Susan Granger & Kay Grossman. "Sam S. Shubert Theatre." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 31, 1995. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/9b8fccff-256a-4b85-9b32-0f022c95bb97.
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