The COW Theater on Clinton Street Closes Next Week, Space Now up for Grabs

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The successor to the Living Theatre is poised to meet the same fate. Three-and-a-half years after opening at 21 Clinton Street, The COW Theater (“Celebration of Whimsy”) is closing for good at the end of the month. Curtains. Just after the holiday weekend.

News of its closure was first circulated to members and supporters earlier this year.

It’s tough for arts on the Lower East Side these days. The COW Theater struggled almost from the get-go. A crowdfunding campaign last year to bolster the bottom line wasn’t too successful, either, having only raised a fraction of the $30,000 it sought.

Now, the enormous subterranean space at 21 Clinton Street is being peddled on the market for $11,000. Key money bumps the cost by an additional $280,000. Below is the copy lifted from the Craigslist post:

Turn-key with great potential and expansion. Great, safe, destination location with tourist appeal. Fully equipped theatre available for sale with existing lease–seating for 99 people–Bar and Café, dressing rooms, ground floor entrance. The main room and theatre is 50 by 20 with 12 person dressing room. Theatre screen for screenings. The business available for sale, or to be used for your own present theatre business. Key of $280,000 includes lease, business and all fixtures. Up to date beer and wine license in place. All equipment is in perfect working condition. Serious buyers only. please send contact information for immediate showing. Very low key money!

As previously reported, 21 Clinton Street was the final location of Judith Malina’s Living Theatre. The venue shuttered in 2013; she passed away in April of 2015.

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