ABET Moving to Neptune Beach
Will take space in the 500 Atlantic development.
ABET will be leaving its long-time home at the Adele Grage Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach to a space adjacent to Lucky’s Market in the former Kmart shopping plaza in Neptune Beach.
The move will happen sometime this summer, according to a news release from 500 Atlantic, the development company anchored by TriBridge that plans to redevelop the property. 500 Atlantic has submitted a plan to build 199 apartments on the property to the City of Neptune Beach as part of a mixed-use Planned Unit Development.
The theater will be rebranded as All Beaches Experimental Theater. ABET will temporarily occupy space in the same building as Lucky’s Market. Once work is complete, ABET will relocate to a permanent facility within the development.
“We are so grateful for this timely partnership, as it will give us a much-needed dedicated space for our organization,” said Judy Hulett, a member of the ABET Board of Directors. “We have had a wonderful relationship with Atlantic Beach for the last 26 years and truly appreciate the support the community has given us. However, this move will allow us expand our reach across the entire Beaches region.”
As a part of the move, ABET will change its name to All Beaches Experimental Theatre to reflect the new location. The group’s acronym will stay the same. ABET will be moving into the space this summer.
ABET has been in scheduling and other conflicts with First Act, a children’s theater company based in Atlantic Beach which also uses the facility. The Atlantic Beach City Commission has tried to work with the groups to put a schedule in place that accommodates both, most recently in January.
“We are eager to dedicate our time and money to expanding our activities and offerings for families and to attracting a more diverse audience. Having a local theater that offers better parking and is more visibly and centrally located near the Beaches Town Center makes it available to all those who live in and visit the Beaches,” said Hulett. “Our long-term goal is to expand as a cultural arts center in this location that will cultivate theater, dance and music.”
(Image provided with TriBridge news release)