It’s lights, camera, action for the old Woodland Mall movie theaters.
Julie Setzer, who operates Julie’s dance studio at the mall, takes over the space and renovates it for performances and film screenings.
The Star-Style Theatre, named for JDS’s annual spring show, will open in a few weeks.
“We’re transforming theaters — what used to be cinemas — into a center for the performing arts,” Setzer said. “We can have live entertainment in one of the cinemas.”
Another cinema will be open for movies on the road, she said.
Each of the five theaters will bear the name of a dance or an artist. The main studio will be called Broadway, Setzer said. The movie theater will be called Hollywood.
“Right now, we’re focusing on a thorough deep clean, top to bottom, and bringing back the shine and shine,” she said. “Structurally, the building is very solid.
“There’s no leaky roof, which is important to mention because people stopped me in the mall and said, ‘The roof is leaking. No, the roof is not leaking and the roof has never leaked.
The space will eventually be opened up to other groups, Setzer said.
“It will be for us first,” she said. “But we want to extend it to the community. We want theater groups to come in and use it, and vocal groups, instrumental groups. We want to give back to the community. We want to involve the community. »
Setzer opened his first dance studio in 1985 in Deshler. She and her father built the studio in an abandoned building.
She then moved the business to downtown Bowling Green and then to the Woodland Mall, where the studio has been for 20 years.
“I love them all. I love the space,” Setzer said. “We have a nice dance studio — it’s 10,000 square feet — you don’t find that very often.”
The goal is to open the main theater in the old mall cinemas by June 1 for the JDS Starstyle show.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to have our own theater,” Setzer said. “I think it’s super cool. When the girls walk in and see it, they’ll be so excited, because it’s theirs. It is their theatre.
The cinema closed in July 2020, after 31 years of operation at the mall.
The theater, which had five screens, was known for its $5 movies, including first-run shows.