The OB Playhouse will remain open after announcing its closure

The local theater signed a new, three-year lease thanks to community support, with a new production coming this month.

The OB Playhouse stage with red lighting set up for "The Rocky Horror Show."

“The Rocky Horror Show” was performed at the OB Playhouse in the past.

Photo via @derektovar

Encore, Ocean Beach Playhouse. After announcing plans to close at the end of 2023, the local theater will be staying open.

Operated by nonprofit Wildsong Productions, the Newport Avenue venue feared it wouldn’t be able to afford rising rent costs. Thanks to community support, the organization has raised funds to keep the stagelights on. It negotiated its rent agreement and was able to sign a new three-year lease.

The theater first opened in 2012 as the Ocean Beach Center for the Arts, and another rebranding is on the horizon. It will host youth programs, build a dance studio, and rename itself The Wildsong Theater and Arts Collective.

Of course, plays are still on the bill. Next up: a production of “Sweeney Todd” will run Friday, Jan. 26-Sunday, Feb. 25.

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