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AUGUST 23, 2022

BY SCOTT STAFFORD


ADAMS — The Adams Theater is asking people to contribute $80,000 to help cover its next phase of renovation.

In the theater's appeal, Yina Moore, its Founder and Executive director, said she has worked with collaborators around Berkshire County, building what she called "a visible momentum that has already brought new life to an otherwise quiet downtown."

"This new phase of our work will enable further collaboration and help people discover — and rediscover — the town of Adams,” she said.
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JUNE 20, 2022

BY BRIAN RHODES


ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Incubator, an art, retail and small-event space, has opened at 35 Park St. as part of the redevelopment of the Adams Theater.

The space, funded by a one-time pop-up grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, is a collaboration between Adams Theater founder Yina Moore and 1Berkshire. Inside is a small coffee bar operated by Adams-based Poseidon Coffee, art created by local artists, shared office space and a conference area.

Moore hopes the incubator, as well as the Adams Theater, will help promote collaboration within Adams and with other communities. Those interested can lease the space short or long-term as office, pop-up or event space.
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JUNE 8, 2022

BY SCOTT STAFFORD


ADAMS — As if rejuvenating a live venue isn’t enough, Yina Moore leased a storefront a couple doors down from her Adams Theater project to open a small-business incubator at 35 Park St.

It will double as a community gathering space and a pop-up gallery. Other uses could include co-working space, an arts-related retail shop, an event venue or a place to stop in and socialize over coffee, Moore said.
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At the theater, work continues to renovate the lobby and kitchen, as well as install a two-story space for three restrooms, including one that is handicapped-accessible.

The theater’s revitalization is funded by private investment, Moore said. The project is also applying for funding from the Massachusetts Community One Stop Grant administered by three state agencies to pay for the auditorium work.
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OCTOBER 30, 2021

BY BRIAN RHODES


ADAMS, Mass. — The haunting of Adams Theater begins on Halloween night with "Bones of the Adams Theater" from 4 to 8 p.m.
 
The theater space will play host to Halloween-themed pieces created by a dozen artists. Adams Theater is also working with Lions Club's Halloween Parade to allow parade-goers to see the exhibit without leaving the parade route. 
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

BY TAMMY DANIELS


Business leaders at the three largest communities in North County had a similar message for state officials: There's lots of opportunities but the pandemic and other conditions are making it hard to find workers and raising costs for materials and supplies, and that infrastructure, including quality housing, is lacking.
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In Adams, the roundtable was held in the empty Adams Theater that Yina Moore, an architect and designer, purchased with plans to rehabilitate. 
 
"From an arts and cultural perspective, I think we see tremendous opportunities, and also the challenges that comes with it," she said. "The amount of creative professionals that are moving into this area of the country is mind boggling."
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AUGUST 19, 2021

BY JOHN TOWNES


With a recent change of ownership, a long-stalled redevelopment project in downtown Adams is now making forward progress.

On May 12, the vacant Adams Theater at 27 Park St. in downtown Adams was purchased for $189,000 by Adams Theater LLC, a venture founded by Yina Moore, an architect who divides her time between the northern Berkshires and the New York City area.

Moore’s plan is to renovate and operate the theater as a performing arts center. While she emphasized that the exact timetable will depend on many factors, her goal is to open the theater by next summer.

Coincidentally, the sale of the theater closed on the same day that the town of Adams was notified it had received a $6.5 million grant for the development of the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center, an important step in the town’s overall plans for the 1,063-acre Greylock Glen property
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MAY18, 2021

BY LARRY PARNASS


ADAMS — For more than a decade, the two artists who saved an Adams theater from foreclosure invested money, won grants and tried to make the numbers work for their Topia Arts Center.

Today, the dream of shaping a vibrant downtown performing arts center goes by the name Adams Theater LLC, which bought the 27 Park St. property last week for $189,000, less than half its original asking price.

Yina Moore, its founder and executive director, plans to spend three to six months renovating, with bold streetfront changes meant to give the theater greater visibility and win back a public following. Moore links her vision with what Marianna Simopoulos and Caryn Heilman attempted to create with Topia.

“We have some very similar things that we wanted,” she said Tuesday. “They kind of passed the baton to me. I felt I might be able to push it forward.”
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