Theatre DeVille to Reopen in Downtown Vacaville
New owner, new operations to begin soon
Wanda Cook, 23-year Vacaville resident, founder and Artistic Director of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) in Vacaville, will re-open and operate Theatre DeVille under a new entity, A & E Mix, Inc. Cook brings her many years of experience in the performing arts and community development to this effort that will provide Vacaville with a premier entertainment venue.
On July 27, Renaissance Entertainment LLC, a group of investors from Silicon Valley led by Farzad Mobin, purchased the renovated 1925 historic Clark Theatre located in Downtown Vacaville. Over the previous 2 ½ months Mobin and Cook have been working closely to bring together investors in support of the purchase and working capital necessary to open the DeVille doors and keep them open.
DeVille renovations were funded and completed in 2014 by Jason Johnson, who had a vision for a successful state-of-the-art entertainment venue in Vacaville. Today, Cook has developed a strategic business plan that leverages the community’s diversity.
“We owe a great debt of thankfulness to Jason Johnson for his vision and investment of Theatre DeVille,” said Cook. “I truly hope we can honor Johnson’s vision by helping Theatre DeVille fulfill its potential.”
Moving forward, Cook plans to involve the whole community in the effort to develop broad-based and recurring patronage at Theatre DeVille. A & E Mix at Theatre DeVille is dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment for community development.
“I have been speaking to numerous civic leaders and stakeholders,” Cook said. “All support the reopening of the DeVille. My goal is to open up the DeVille for private and community rentals as well as performances the community wants to see. Our plan is to prioritize individual and community experiences at Theatre DeVille over booking and funding too many expensive bands.”
The DeVille schedule will include popular headliners, open mic nights, karaoke, comedy, presentations, themed dance parties, films, along with many local and touring performers in Country, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and and rock. Cook also hopes to help local artists by working with them to build an audience and to get discovered. Classical artists are invited to perform in the beautiful setting and take advantage of the great acoustics. Theatre DeVille is available for your school, private or corporate event, fundraiser and more.
Part of the new vision for Theatre DeVille is to give back to children and youth in Solano County. Cook brings the staff of Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) to help operate DeVille. YACM will continue to serve children and youth in music education and performing arts throughout Solano County. A percentage of ticket sales and rental fees from Theatre DeVille will be contributed to support quality music education for young people who wish to pursue their artistic potential but cannot pay all the costs. YACM is the nonprofit, community benefit organization, serving over 2000 young people, that operates Solano Music Conservatory, Solano Youth Theatre, and Music Matters — a collaboration with public schools to provide music education in the classroom and before or after school. Sponsorships are planned as central part to the success of Theatre DeVille
“One thing I am particularly excited about is our goal to attract a naming sponsor to support the re-design of the lobby / bar into a comfortable piano lounge,” Cook said. “The DeVille has a wonderful Art Deco look and feel that evokes a certain era. We want to ignite the fun and excitement of gathering people together to listen and even sing jazz standards and show-tunes in a warm and friendly environment.”
The DeVille comes equipped with a full bar and kitchen. Positions for bar manager, head chef, part-time bartenders, wait staff, tech crew, and volunteer house managers and ushers are now open.
The public is invited to a free Open House / Forum on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:00- 7:30 pm. Enjoy live music, limited bar, facility demonstration, tours and a presentation to get to know the new staff and what’s coming up.
Local and touring performers and promoters are invited to our Performer’s Open House on Thursday August 30th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. Potential performers will learn more about our vision, how to book at Theatre DeVille and enjoy getting to know our staff. Official Opening Date is TBA