The L. Ron Hubbard Theatre Brings a Piece of the “Big Apple” to Downtown Clearwater

On Saturday, August 24 the L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre brought a bite of the Big Apple with their performance of the Mr. Hubbard’s Sci-fi story, The Professor Was a Thief, to the Church of Scientology Information Center, to a "standing-room-only" audience.

Clearwater, FL, August 30, 2019 --( The L. Ron Hubbard East Coast Theatre is a volunteer group founded in 2011. Their shows combine actors, costumes and sound effects bringing the exciting pulp-fiction stories by L. Ron Hubbard to life in dramatic, old-time radio-style readings.

The performance guests enjoyed a light spread of refreshments, and songs from the '30s and '40s by Joanie Sigal, who is also the theatre’s producer and narrator.

Lighting, sound effects, and actors combined to bring the story to life. As famous New York landmarks disappeared, the audience found themselves sucked into the hustle and bustle of a midtown-news room and the plight of a reporter who must step in and get to the bottom of it all.

One guest, Tom, said, "This my first time attending one of these shows and I thoroughly enjoyed it! During the performance, you actually start imagining the taxi cabs they speak of, and you see the young reporters rushing about covering the vanishing buildings. This is a special kind of acting as it takes their gestures, voice, and costume to depict different characters – and they were different! I’m so glad I came!”

Another guest, Sophie, said, "I think this was the best performance so far. I enjoyed watching Ryan the most, who played ‘Professor Pertwee' – he played the timid, eccentric type perfectly. It was a joy to watch and humorous as well. Thanks for the great entertainment."

L. Ron Hubbard was among the most prolific and popular writers through the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. Indeed, between 1934 and 1940, some 140 L. Ron Hubbard tales appeared in the pages of legendary pulp magazines - with as many as three titles an issue and bylined under some fifteen pen names. With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, Mr. Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.

"The Information Center has two unique roles. It provides information about Scientology and it also serves as a gathering place for community meetings and a space for cultural events such as the theatre performances," said Amber Skjelset, the Manager of the Center. "These performances reflect what Mr. Hubbard explained the importance of artists and their role in society, ‘A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.’”

The Center itself is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 10 pm.

The next theatre performance will be, Danger in the Dark on the 25th at the Scientology Info Center. To attend the event, or for more information about community events held at the Scientology Information Center, please contact Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center at (727) 467-6966 or email

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances, and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

For more information on Scientology, visit or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at or apps at AppleTV, FireTV, and Roku.
Church of Scientology
Amber Skjelset
(727) 467-6966