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Eight months after the closing all of its New York City locations, Upright Citizens Brigade announced Wednesday it has closed its famed Sunset theater due to financial constraints amid the pandemic.
Co-founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh shared the announcement on Instagram, writing on the Los Angeles Instagram account for the comedic institution, “We have been forced to sell our theater on Sunset. We have been unable to make mortgage payments during this extended shutdown. We know this theater was a home for so many, and so many people were responsible for helping it grow. We want to thank all of those people and the New York Community who were also significantly impacted by recent closures.”
UCB’s Franklin space remains open at this time.
In March, UCB leadership announced mass layoffs at both its New York and Los Angeles facilities. Then on April 21, the co-founders informed members of the community that both physical New York outposts (the UCB theater in Hell’s Kitchen and the Garment District’s UCB Training Center) were closing permanently.
In Wednesday’s statement, Poehler, Besser, Roberts and Walsh also noted they will continue the process for the theater and school to become nonprofit. UCB also plans to hire a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant in 2021 to work alongside Project Rethink, a think tank consisting of diverse, veteran house UCB performers whose goal will be to develop a plan to restructure and reform the theater and school.
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