The City of Goshen, Indiana, in association with Downtown Goshen Inc., engaged the architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), in partnership with AMS Planning & Research, to develop a technical and operating plan for a renovated Goshen Theater. The project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Program and is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.
AMS engaged in a series of tasks to identify community and market interest in the project, assess potential use of a renovated theater, study comparable facilities in the United States and create an activity profile and operating plan based on input received.
It was determined that a renovated and expanded Goshen Theater could provide important community impact and an anchor to downtown vitality. To ensure success, the venue must accommodate a significant variety of uses and users. Conversations with promoters and potential users, as well as an analysis of current facility activity, suggested that the Goshen Theater could host at least 100 events annually, with the building in use about twice as many days.