The Lerner Theatre closes the curtain on 2020

ELKHART, Ind. ---- The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart has canceled all of its' events for the rest of the year, due to the wild spread of Covid-19 all over the county. The announcement, made Thursday is effective immediately, and includes the Crystal Ballroom event on November 15th. 

"When I'm hearing the outcry from out health officials that they're having to make life and death decisions on a daily basis when it comes to coronavirus, how do we, in turn, say, come and gather at the theatre," said Lerner Executive Director Michelle Frank. 

Under Governor Holcombs' new Covid restrictions the Lerner is permitted to continue putting on events because they are considered commercial or special. Ask anybody at the theatre about that, and they would say it would be irresponsible on their part, as the pandemic spreads all over Elkhart County. 

"Our health officials are asking us to make hard decisions about holidays, so who we gather with for holidays, so for us gathering here during a time when hospitals are so overwhelmed it just didn't make sense for us to continue to have gatherings here in our facility," said Frank. 

This was a tough decision for the Lerner, but performers are still looking at options to entertain the community in some way. 

"We're going to do something a little special here at the Lerner for the whole community, that they will be able to come, enjoy, and it will be socially distanced. It's free for folks and that's something we're rolling out in the next week or so, a special treat on Main Street for all our community to come," said Craig Gibson Executive Artistic Director at Premier Arts. 

The box office will remain open, and ticketholders for events in November and December will receive notification for the next steps as more information becomes readily available.

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