Greenwood District Studio needs community help to stay open

GRAND LEDGE, Michigan – The Greenwood District Studios opened last year in hopes of making the community laugh, but as they explained in a recent viral Tik Tok, it’s been a struggle.

In March, when the owner, who goes by Amaru, got the keys to an abandoned theater next to the Lansing Mall, he had a vision to bring it back to life.

“Greenwood District Studios is our tribute to what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. Black Wall Street had a neighborhood called Greenwood, which was burnt down, was a bustling community of black businesses,” Amaru said.

But this vision proved difficult. Greenwood posted on Tik Tok that they were going through tough times. The video attracted over 13,000 likes and over 500 comments.

“The plan was to open a drive-in during the summer. And we got approved by the Planning Commission and then the [Delta Township] the board denied it. So it really hurt us in terms of revenue, ”explained Amaru.

He said that between COVID and the denial of the drive-in plan, they had caught up.

They had to find other sources of income, like creating rental spaces for photographers and filmmakers, starting a acting class, and continuing to run their Funny Is Funny Comedy Club.

Kathy Wolfe volunteers at the theater and says it hurts to see him wrestle.

“I think the main reason people don’t support him is that they don’t know it. Amaru started this on a shoestring budget and doesn’t have the funds to do the publicity that needs to be done for him. they’re making themselves known, ”Wolfe said. noted.

If you’d like to support the business, spread the word, catch a show, or donate to their GoFundMe.

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