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Blue Gate announces expansion plans

Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana has announced plans for a new 1,500-seat, theater space at Blue Gate Performing Arts Center.

The $3 million theatre is set to break ground before May and will be completed by January. The rapid expansion of the Blue Gate’s concert schedule, limitations of the current space and improving customer experience all played key roles in the decision to build, its officials said.

The number of visitors discovering Blue Gate and the town of Shipshewana has continually grown since Blue Gate’s founding in 1984, with the combined businesses hosting more than a half million people in 2018.

Blue Gate officials said a large part of the steady increases can be attributed to the Entertainment Division, whose constant effort to increase and improve offerings has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and led to an estimated $16 million economic impact for the new theatre.

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