I might say "strangely enough" but it is not all that strange that my mind is leaning toward finding and acquiring a functional dark theatre to build "The Gnomes" (and other shows)
I'm facing some difficult, if not insurmountable challenges with the current studio location. Although the studio is well on it's way to being a very functional work space for production, manufacturing, and sales (and many other aspects of the operation) there are severely undesirable elements which are imposing themselves upon my sphere of creativity and functionality.
These factors existed before and I, generally, have been able to circumvent them to stay on my mission, but now the situation has become exaserbated to degree that is beyond unacceptable. I see little choice but to remove myself from the scenario. Doing this will take an extreme amount of cost and effort on my part.
So, if that is the case, the only practical choice is to set up shop in a theatre.
Of course, shop facilities are a priority, in addition to a backlot. Viewing such a change as a "final move" means to me; replacing my existing facility with nothing less than what I already have, but adding a functional stage with the capability to open the house for an audience.
This would essentially become "The Theatrical Development Centre". The cost of doing this is in the millions, so it is even more critical that "The Gnomes of New Hope" be funded or sold.
All that being said; I am in search of a theatre and the right deal that will make that happen.
Let me know if this is up your alley.