118 Elliot: A stylish new arts and education venue

Former U.S. Ambassador and Vermont state senator Peter Galbraith speaks at 118 Ellliot in a talk about the Iran nuclear agreement.

Former U.S. Ambassador and Vermont state senator Peter Galbraith speaks at 118 Ellliot in a talk about the Iran nuclear agreement.

Once home to the storied Lawrence Water Cure and more recently an abandoned laundromat, the building now known as 118 Elliot is now a stylish new arts and education venue breathing life to a neglected area of Downtown Brattleboro.

A flexible, modern environment that is fully ADA accessible, the space can accommodate anything from small screenings, music and intimate theater to workshops, conferences, production offices, art and other small-scale exhibitions and events for gatherings up to 200.

A full kitchen for parties and sit down dinners allows performances to seamlessly transform into social events. A large outdoor area and garden in back accommodates open air events with indoor back-up and plenty of parking at the transportation center next door (free after 6pm) and handicap spots on site give the venue a unique profile in crowded Downtown.

Owners John Loggia and Lissa Weinmann, who work with a variety of institutions in Brattleboro and New York, say they created the space with non-profits in mind.

“We listened to what people said they needed, so that guided our design. We want groups to be able to come in and make the place their own,” said Weinmann, pointing out that a very visible marquee will help groups advertise events.

“The reception has been gratifying,” Weinmann says, “I think we tapped into some pent-up demand.”

118 Elliot debuts this fall with the Vermont Performance Lab’s “Promenade Mobile” over Labor Day weekend. A puppet workshop and performance for Sandglass Theatre’s ‘Puppets in the Green Mountains’ festival September 15 and 17 follows, and the Brattleboro Literary Festival takes-up residence the weekend of October 2 to 4 with a host of activities including its famed “Literary Death Match.”

For information on rentals and upcoming events, visit http://www.118elliot.com.

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