Bahle family to stop managing The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay

Nov 15, 2018

Changes are coming to The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay. The Bahle family has decided to stop managing the theater at the end of this year.

Theater Manager Erik Bahle says they’re tapped out physically, financially and emotionally.

He says he hopes the community will take over management and eventually ownership, and there is already energy and enthusiasm around this.

"This really is the start of its life," says Bahle. "This isn't the end of anything."

The Bay Theatre is holding a community forum December 11 to talk about the future. Bahle envisions the historic building as more than just a movie theater. He says it can serve as a performance venue and a meeting place.

The Bahle family owned and ran the theater for the past 40 years.