After complaints from neighbors, an East Austin man is putting his secret theater — or “Sekrit Theater” — up for sale.
Beau Reichert, who has owned the property on Perry Road for about a decade, announced the sale on Facebook last month. Reichert originally moved to build an art studio (his doctor said it would help him make friends—Reichert has Asperger’s syndrome), but he began living there instead. He began building an outdoor theater in his backyard, inviting friends and neighbors on weekends and eventually hosting charity events, weddings, South by Southwest parties and more.
But last year, neighbors in a nearby subdivision began complaining about the noise. Reichert said on Facebook those neighbors are to blame for his decision to sell the property.
“After a long battle with the city and a few neighbors who made it their mission to harass me, I am finally ready to move on,” Reichert wrote. “Ten years of building my home and theater and am now very sad to sell but this is the only way I can save it.”
The “battle with the city” Reichert mentioned could refer to the anonymous complaints filed with the Austin Code Department last year, accusing Reichert of running an illegal business, but Reichert said last year that’s not the case.
The property is listed at $3.5 million, and a website for the property calls it an “unparalleled work of art.” It consists of a main home, an energy-efficient “tiny house,” a “glasshouse-atrium-conservatory,” a pavilion for events, a two-story movie house, a full-size cinema screen, a log cabin, a “New New Orleans house,” a vintage school bus and an outdoor bath. The site also lists a number of uses for the property, from seasonal events and weddings to agricultural and civic uses.
While he waits for the property to sell, Reichert is asking anybody who has positive memories of the Sekrit Theater to send him letters to give to the future buyer, “to understand how special the Sekrit Theater is and how important it is to all of you.”
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