What happened in Lyons, Nebraska has happened to communities throughout the United States. Small Town Main Street has suffered as goods, services, entertainment—and the jobs that go with them—move away. In the Outdoor Living Room, residents of Lyons spoke about businesses leaving the town—the kind of slow violence of disinvestment which has left many rural downtowns empty.
The Storefront Theater is a pioneering social initiative at the intersection of community life and sustainability. It is a unique event space that transforms Main Street into an outdoor theater by using an abandoned storefront wall in downtown Lyons as its site.