Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jamie Marsh and Lynn Auditorium

Jamie Marsh continues to impress me. I got to finally meet him as we walked through Lynn Auditorium with a potential client for Lynn Auditorium, a theatre friend of mine. While I hope the deal works out and we bring this opportunity to Lynn, that wasn't what I came out of the experience with.

Similar to his commitment to making High Rock Tower a treasure, and assisting the new Downtown Lynners with their challenges when we first settled in down here, he has such an appreciation for what makes Lynn Auditorium so special.   While not important to the deal with the client at all, he focused us in on the spiral staircase back stage left, the antique lighting console hidden behind the new rigging on Stage Right. He has such a focus on why this auditorium is important to Lynn, on an economic development level, but more importantly, on an historic level.  Without Jamie Marsh, I have a hard time believing that Lynn Auditorium wouldn't just fade back into oblivion.

His stories of the renovation and the mysteries uncovered during it are classic and need to be written down somewhere. 

The auditorium is an interesting egg. I wonder if anyone has quantified the impact of a show downtown. I know Tatiana's, Blue Ox, and other restaurants downtown love it when there's a show in town.  Would it be worth it for the city to really invest in that place and put some folks on it full time? I personally would love to see that place have something going on every weekend.  Even if it's a loss for city hall, it's such an extreme win for Downtown Lynn.

Start going to everything you hear about at Lynn Auditorium. I don't know if I'm supposed to mention the band he just signed, so I'm not going to, but if you're 40 to 50 years old, you are going to be real happy. You got to patronize these things when they come through.  Dinner at Blue Ox, a show at Lynn Auditoium and all of it for about 50% less than what you would spend on the same night in Boston. You can't beat living here.

Next time you're in City Hall. Stop by Room 311, Community Development, and thank Jamie for all he does above and beyond his 9-5.


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