Roosevelt Trustee | Years at Roosevelt: 1958–82
Beatrice Spachner and the Auditorium Theatre Council fundraised over $2 million to restore and renovate the historic theatre. The venue had not functioned since 1941, only briefly serving as a servicemen’s center during World War II.
With the help of Chicago architect Harry Weese, the Auditorium Theatre reopened on Halloween in 1967 with New York City Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Spachner believed that the Auditorium Theatre would bring people together and build community.