The Craig Fahle Show

Alger Theater: Reviving A Community Hub

Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo courtesy of East English Futbol Club

Vice President of the Friends of the Alger Theater (FOTAT) board, East English Village Futbol Club member and Morningside resident, Michael Gentile joins Craig, along with Captain of the East English Futbol Club and fellow FOTAT board member Mark Tirikian.

The Alger Theater has been unused for some time, and now the East English Village Soccer Team is hosting an after-party for the Detroit City Futbol League at the theater tomorrow night. The party is part of the group’s effort to reactivate and revitalize the space along with the Friends of the Alger Theater board.

The East English Village Soccer Team is hosting the party at the Alger for a second year, after the team received rave reviews last summer. The theater sits in an area that is mostly residential, which is why Gentile and Tirikian see the space as a potential community anchor, complete with a movie theater and several small storefronts.

“Once we get the theater open, I think it will also help other businesses down that corridor,” says Gentile. The group currently hosts an outdoor movie night at the nearby Balduck Park, Film on the Hill, and have been in talks with multiple local businesses owners about the possibility of opening a few pop-up spaces within the theater.

--Annamarie Sysling