A Scranton Venue Needs Help

A few months ago, the Vintage Theater in downtown Scranton closed its doors on the Penn Avenue location, leaving the city with one less all-ages venue. When it happened, I thought, oh great, another loss of an arts venue in this area. I’ve always felt that all-ages venue are important to any community. When I was in high school, I wasn’t into sports, so I found solace in attending punk and indie shows at some other now-defunct venues- Cafe Del Soul, Homebase, and Cafe Metropolis. These places welcomed kids that were into music, art, or poetry. When I lived in the Philly area for 7 or 8 years, I also hung out at various arts venues and started doing a lot of poetry readings. Without those venues, maybe I never would have become a poet/writer. They provided a place for me to exercise my craft and share my work in writing groups and with a live audience at open mic nights, long before I went around the tri-state area doing featured readings.

Fortunately for the Scranton arts community, the Vintage Theater is trying to re-open to a new location in the downtown. A task force has been created, and I’m happy to say that my girlfriend Jenna and I are on it, along with a lot of other artists, musicians, and writers that care about places like this. To make the Vintage Theater succeed, there are a few fundraisers coming up. This Friday, there will be a fundraiser at the Houdini Museum, located at 1433 North Main Ave. The event starts at  7 p.m. and will feature music and comedy. Tickets are $15. Refreshments will be provided.

There will be another fundraiser on Thursday August 9 at Mert’s Bar, located on Penn Avenue in the downtown. Tickets are $20, and that will provide access to an open bar and food. There will also be a raffle for various gift baskets and prizes.

The venue is also raising money through an Indiegogo campaign, and the goal of that is to raise $3,500 in about three and a half weeks. You can make a small donation online by clicking here.

This area barely has any all-ages venues left, so let’s help the Vintage Theater re-open and stay open.

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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