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Mos' Art Theatre and Coffee House - Reinventing your theatrical experience

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When you think of a theatre, what comes to mind? Popcorn, a big screen, expensive tickets and very big speakers, right? What might not come to mind right away is a place that builds community, a place that sparks creativity, a meeting place for gatherings and a home away from home.

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Mos' Art Theatre and Coffee House located at 700 Park Avenue in Lake Park, Florida is just that place. Tucked away in a charming tree lined neighborhood, a whole new theatrical experience awaits you. The young enterprising owners, J.R. Coley and his wife Erin took over the management of Mos' Art Theatre and Coffee House in 2007 and reinvented the typical theatre experience for their patrons. Their mission is to "inspire, educate and connect the community through film, art, music and hope."

The homey atmosphere, which is so inviting, includes couches, a beer and wine bar, fresh popcorn and an Art Gallery. Not only do they show films of all types, including movie premiers of independent films that may be overlooked by larger theatres, but they have also created a venue that hosts children’s theatre, professional theatre and classes. In addition, they host open mic nights, corporate events, weddings, parties and concerts. Included in their rental fee, they promote to nearly 5,000 patrons of the theatre through their email blasts and will even sell tickets for the event.

Their on-site Art Gallery is private and can be used for smaller discussion groups, meetings or lectures.

They offer Cinema memberships to patrons interested in supporting the Arts, which gives members perks throughout the year. Annual Cinema Club Memberships (Charter members) are just $60 dollars, a 6 month membership is $40 dollars and a 3 month membership is $25 dollars. Additional family members can be added for half the cost of the primary memberships.

Benefits of being a member include $4 dollar tickets for regularly scheduled films, excluding operas and ballets, film discussion forums and free admission on members birthdays and anniversaries. Their regularly priced tickets are still less expensive than those purchased at the more main stream theatres.

They provide weekly specials too that are always popular among the members - Monday - 2 for 1 concessions, Tuesday - Free small fountain drink or small popcorn, Wednesday - “Date Night” Bring a guest for free, Thursday - 2 for 1 beverages and Friday through Sunday - a free cup of coffee.

J. R. and his wife Erin not only run Mos' Art Theatre and Coffee House, but they are also the co-founders of Standing Ovation Performing Arts Theatre which they describe as a "high energy, education-based performing arts studio located at 7429 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth, Florida.

They offer classes and workshops for all ages in stage and film acting, musical theatre, improvisation, voice, playwriting, puppetry, stage combat and theatrical production.

Standing Ovation Performing Arts Theatre is structured around the idea that learning through the performing arts increases life skills through a fun and interesting environment."

In addition to managing Mos' Art Theatre and Coffee House, and teaching at the Standing Ovation Performing Arts Theatre, they are the parents of two young chldren. A busy young couple.

Erin's background covers a large spectrum of expertise, as does J. R.'s

Taken from The Standing Ovation Performing Arts website - "Erin Coley has been teaching theatre in Palm Beach County for over 15 years on all levels. She has experience running area tutoring centers where she found that children desperately need the performing arts! She has been performing and directing since she was 12 with favorite credits including Into the Woods, Summer of '42, Oklahoma!, Chorus Line & Camelot. Erin is passionate about arts education. Favorite directing credits include Up the Down Staircase, Steel Magnolias, Into the Woods, & the award winning Help Wanted. She firmly believes that every child can develop life-skills through the performing arts. Erin founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts (alongside hubby, J.R.) & Actademics and teaches many classes at Standing Ovation and elsewhere. She is a former Palm Beach County drama teacher and Recreation Consultant. Erin is actively involved in arts education groups and judges local theatre competitions regularly. Erin specializes in directing, acting, improvisation, vocal and auditioning."

J. R.'s background - taken from The Standing Ovation Performing Arts website - "J.R Coley has been acting, singing and dancing professionally for over 12 years. His favorite roles include Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin in Pippin. He is a certified teacher who formerly worked in the Theatre Department of Florida Atlantic University and teaches and directs shows at Standing Ovation Performing Arts. J.R. is the co-founder of Standing Ovation Performing Arts and ACTademics and specializes in musical theatre, directing and improvisation. Some of his favorite directing credits include Once Upon A Mattress, The Sound of Music and Beauty & the Beast."

Do yourself a favor and check out these two fine establishments. You'll be glad you did.

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