Celebrity Theatre will celebrate its 50th birthday this month. And like for most people who hit the half-century mark, life hasn’t always been easy. Financially, there have been some bumps in the road. There were periods when it felt as if the theater in the round was behind the times. And, of course, there has been a face-lift or two along the way.
After all the ups and downs, the theater still survives. It even got an early birthday present in September, when the Phoenix City Council voted to give the theater historical designation.
“That means a lot, because the theater means a lot to a lot of people,” says Rich Hazelwood, who has owned the theater since 2002. “This is a part of history.”
The venue near 32nd and Fillmore streets is known for offering concerts, and the list of acts who have performed there is breathtaking. But that wasn’t the original intent of the 196-foot-diameter building, which architect Perry Neuschatz designed as a convention center. The facility was part of the now-defunct HiwayHouse Hotel; the idea was for the hotel to lure large conventions and host the attendees…….
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