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Work to transform the Harvard Exit theater into a restaurant, bar, and office space is well underway, but developers are still on the hunt for businesses to occupy those spaces.
Developer Scott Shapiro of Eagle Rock Ventures tells CHS that renovations to the longtime E Roy movie theater are about half way complete. Construction is expected to finish in the first quarter of 2017, after which tenant improvements will start.
A restaurant or cafe will likely take over the building’s 1,500 square-foot lobby, while Shaprio envisions a bar moving into the 2,200 square-foot basement. The rest of the building will become “creative offices,” including the two 5,000 square-foot theater spaces and two upper floors of existing offices.
The architect on the project is Capitol Hill-based S+H Works. The Harvard Exit is part of the Harvard-Belmont Historic District and plans are for the 1925-built masonry exterior to remain intact. The Harvard Exit name will also live on into the building’s new era as Shapiro plans to keep it tied to the new development.
Back in 2015 Shapiro hoped to have tenants moved in by early 2016, but said permitting delays at the city held up the project for several months. Shapiro acquired the property in 2014 for $2.35 million and closed the theater in 2015, eventually bringing an end to the theater’s 46-year run.