Live … from the Toby

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The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Tobias Theater will be renovated and reopened thanks to a $1 million gift from the Randall and Marianne Tobias.

Announcements of specific programs for “The Toby” are still forthcoming, but IMA reps say it will be used for a film series as well as high-profile speakers and performances that fit with the institution’s art, nature and design push.

So while we wait for an official word on fall offerings, I ask you: What should a theater on the grounds of an art museum be presenting?

There has been some criticism that the IMA’s Summer Nights movie series was too populist. (As much as I like “Caddyshack,” should the IMA’s resources go to screening it?) But how far in the other direction should it go in programming?

What would you pay to see on screen at the IMA? Who would you like to see speak there? And what can this new space to make a real difference in the city’s cultural life?

Your thoughts?

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