Owen Theatre

Owen Theatre on the Seymour square.

The historic Owen Theatre in downtown Seymour has closed its doors.

Not forever.

Hopefully, only for a couple of months because of the national COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Wehmer, president of the Seymour Area Arts Council, which owns the venue on the south side of the Seymour square, announced Monday that all of the Owen’s shows for March and April had been postponed.

The council’s board met last Friday for an emergency meeting and determined to cancel several shows, including concerts by “Turnbo Creek” this Saturday, Lulu Roman on April 3 and Randle Chowning on April 18.

Roman’s gospel concert has a new date of Saturday, July 18.

Tickets sold in advance for Roman’s concert will be good for the July concert. Wehmer said new tickets won’t be printed; Owen officials will just use the old ones for the new date.

Make-up dates for Turnbo Creek and Randle Chowning haven’t yet been set.

“Right now, we’re hesitant to do that because of the national pandemic with COVID-19,” Wehmer said.

“We really don’t know when it will be safe to assemble people in large numbers for a concert, but we felt the July date was safe for the Lulu Roman show.”

Wehmer added that it’s “very likely” a pair of concerts set for May will be postponed.

“I’m not optimistic that we’ll be able to hold our May events,” he said. “In fact, we’ll be in contact this week with both of those performers to discuss alternatives.”

In concert on May 2 is “Creek Rocks,” featuring Mark and Cindy Bilyeu.

“They opened the Owen for us as our first concert in the spring of 2018,” Wehmer said. “We really want to have them back almost exactly two years and 40 concerts later, but I really feel this concert will have to be postponed and that the first chance we’ll have this year to bring concerts back to the Owen won’t arrive until June or even later.”

He said the Owen was off to its best start in its third year.

Through four concerts, the average crowd was 103 in the venue that has 138 seats.

Net profit at that quartet of concerts was nearly $4,500, Owen officials said.

“For us, the coronavirus has been devastating,” Wehmer said. “We had a lot of momentum and our best lineup of performers ever. Enthusiasm has built with each show.

“Then came a national tragedy that’s much bigger than the Owen Theatre.”

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