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"If someone can come into this venue and maintain it, the market doesn't need [another venue like it] and maybe we'll just promote concerts here," McNabb says. "I would love to see it go on and for us to not have to pull anything out of here.
"Best case scenario for the venue is for a great team to come in and continue what we started and nurtured," he adds. "Best thing for NoDa is the same. Best thing for us is to get paid for it and to get some kind of benefit. Everyone wants to walk away on a good note. Our team has been known to pull through when times are tough and we always have something up our sleeve, so just stay tuned."
One other thing all parties agree on is the vibe of the place in general. Tyler feels the atmosphere of the Theatre will remain intact and McNabb and Leonhardt agree that it's a unique feeling that only the Neighborhood Theatre can provide.
"I'd love to come back and have a great time and see it better than it was when I was here," Leonhardt says.
"This venue has a spirit -- a spirit we all know. It's happy, it's positive and it's energetic," McNabb adds. "We get feedback from so many people and artists that feel it. That spirit is going to live on -- no matter how. It's something about this building. We nurtured it for six years and now it's about the artists that make it better. This not being a music venue would be the worst thing in the world."
There are 1.7 million people in the Charlotte metro area -- more than enough to support the venues here on a nightly basis. Until sell-outs become commonplace, venues will lose money, bands will bypass Charlotte and fans will miss out on great shows.
Regardless of the owner, or the venue, one thing remains clear -- attendance needs to improve in order for this to become a rarity in Charlotte instead of a trend.