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Vortex Theatre to move into old Langell’s Art Supply store

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The Vortex Theatre, shown during a recent production of “Jerusalem” by Jez Butterworth, plans to trade its UNM-area location for a space on Carlisle. (Courtesy photo)

After about 38 years in the University of New Mexico area, The Vortex Theatre is moving out.

The nonprofit theater has closed on the purchase of the old Langell’s Art Supply store at 2900 Carlisle NE and will begin renovations and the moving process in the coming months, according to The Vortex’s board president, Marty Epstein.

The Vortex had been located in the university area since it opened in 1976. The organization had been renting its current space at Central and Buena Vista SE since 1978, Epstein told the Journal.

“We wanted to give our audience a better theater experience from the moment they walk into the space until they leave and we were not able to do that at Buena Vista,” Epstein said in an email.

He said the new theater will cost more than $750,000 with renovations. The Vortex has “raised a significant amount of money, but we are and will be appealing to the generous theater going people of Albuquerque to help out over the next months and years,” Epstein said.

The timetable is not firm yet, but the present goal is to debut the new theater this summer.

Langell’s Art Supply, you may recall, closed in 2012 after 67 years in business.

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