'Improv' comedy club closes, new music hall set to take its place

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by WHAS11/NEWS RELEASE

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 11:51 AM

(WHAS11/NEWS RELEASE) -- The Improv Comedy Club Fourth Street Live! has now closed.

Employees of the comedy club say they weren't given any notice.

"The management said nothing. They clocked us out and that was it. There was no, 'hey this is our last show... sorry this is our last night here.' there was absolutely nothing. They just said goodbye and that was it," Jerison Clark said.

According to the owners of 4th Street Live, the Improv shut because of financial reasons.
The Improv's closure marks the second tenant to pack up in the last few weeks. The Pub, which had been open for eight years also closed recently. Those who work nearby say these closures are concerning, but the owners say they have big plans for the development.

A new entertainment venue called The Tavern is set to open in the Improv's place in the summer of 2013. The Tavern will be expanding from approximately 20,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet incorporating the former Improv Comedy Club. The Tavern will add a live music room called Tavern Hall.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of The Tavern concept with the addition of a dynamic new live music venue, Tavern Hall. Tavern Hall will be a showcase for local Louisville music talent and national acts and will be an incredible new anchor for downtown Louisville. Improv had a great four year run and we hope they will return with us to Louisville sometime soon..." Mike Leonard, spokesman for Fourth Street Live said in a news release.

“We are also immensely grateful for the support of The Cordish Companies and Fourth Street Live! who did everything humanely possible, both financially and otherwise, to help keep our doors open over the past four years. Fourth Street Live! is one of the premier entertainment districts in the country and we would welcome the opportunity to return when the broader economy improves. We are incredibly appreciative of the Louisville community and their support over the past four years. We hope to see you again at Fourth Street Live!” Andrew Dorfman of the Improv said in a news release.

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