• Donations pour in after Green Lake Bathhouse Theater burglarized

    By: Michael Spears


    The Seattle Public Theater, housed inside the Green Lake Bathhouse Theater, has raised more than $10,000 through online donations after police said someone reportedly burglarized the building last week.

     Seattle Public Theater Board President Sol Villarreal said projectors and tools, that were being used to create a set for an upcoming play that opens March 22nd, were stolen.

     "The items that were stolen from us actually were required for the opening of that show,” said Villarreal.

     The theater said the burglary left them scrambling, with a little over two weeks before the opening of the play, to figure out how to the replace the stolen equipment and tools that were worth $2,500.

     Villarreal said someone triggered the building’s alarm at one of the doors, that locks automatically, around 11:30 p.m. on March 4. There was no forced entry.

     The theater said it was told by the alarm company that whoever got into the building was in and out in about five minutes despite an audible alarm and was gone by the time anyone showed up.

     "Gave us the all clear and then the next morning, when our production crew came in to continue working on the set for a play that's opening on the 22nd, they discovered that there'd actually been some items stolen,” said Villarreal. "I just didn't know where we were going to get the money.”

     The theater exceeded its goal of raising $2,500 after posting about the burglary on an online fundraising site.

     The stolen tools and projectors have since been replaced, according to the theater, and work has resumed on the set, which is expected to be completed by opening day.

     "In the beginning it was very disappointing but now a week later, with just how generous the community has been with us, it's incredible,” said Villarreal.

     Seattle police told KIRO 7 that officers have not made any arrests. The theater does not currently have surveillance cameras.

    The Seattle Public Theater said it planned to discuss security improvements at a monthly board meeting Tuesday.

    To donate to the theater, follow this link.


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