Smile Politely

SP Radio Podcast: The Co-op on Church Street

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On this episode of Smile Politely Radio, we are joined by the Art Theater Co-op’s new General Manager, Austin McCann, plus board member Ben Galewsky. The theater announced just last week that the newly organized co-op will officially take over the theater on September 7. We discuss:

  • How excatly a co-op theater works and where the idea came from
  • Why this is probably the only co-op art theater in the country
  • How they reached their $100,000 goal and why they needed all that money in the first place
  • What changes we might see when McCann takes over operations and how he balances
  • And movies, of course.

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday evening at 5:30 on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign, and is available as a podcast the following week.

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