ATLANTIC CITY — As reported last Friday, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has worked out a deal with the owners of Dante Hall, a 250-seat theater on Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City’s Ducktown neighborhood, to lease the theater for a mere $100 a month.
The college had been trying for more than a year to acquire the performing arts center that also houses office areas and large rooms on multiple floors inside the structure.
According to Galloway Patch:
“The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has approved a plan to lease Dante Hall for just $100 a month over the next three years.
“That positions the Galloway Township-based college to become the first player in Atlantic City’s proposed arts district.
“The college still needs final approval of the lease from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which paid for the $3.5 million overhaul of the recently shuttered facility, but that approval is expected.
“The college plans to use the 243-seat facility for its own arts program in the city as well as to sublet the venue to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, a classical music orchestra with no previous permanent home base.”
The long period of time it took Stockton to work out a deal with the owners of Dante Hall — which was rebirthed as a performing arts center in 2003 and ran childrens’ programs, nationally touring dance, classical, jazz and other performing acts, while offering an eclectic mix of non-gaming entertainment along with showcasing local talent — “was complicated by Dante Hall’s insolvency and multiple layers of Catholic Church leaders—that hall grew out of St. Micheal’s Roman Catholic Church,” according to the report.
“This is the first step in the arts district. I’m really relieved. This was a long time coming,” said Dr. Herman Saatkamp, the college’s president.
Read more on the proposed arts district here and here.
Read Atlantic City Weekly’s recent cover story, Sketching Out an Arts Colony.
Here is what the building and its surrounding area used to look like: