Since opening during the Roaring Twenties, the Gothic Theatre had a long run as a movie house until Steve Schalk took it over, saving it from the wrecking ball. Schalk remodeled and rebuilt the venue from the foundation to the roof, but left theater's art-deco-style interior intact. Now it's a magnificent venue with old-world charm, great sound and a progressive booking policy. Beyond its aesthetic qualities -- and there are many -- the theater takes chances on lesser-known national acts, as well as providing a home for creative local projects that might not otherwise have a stage. The Gothic brings heart, art and plain old beauty to the otherwise messy business of concert promotions.