VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Pantheon Theatre was once a place where entertainers like Vincennes’ own Red Skelton would put on a show.

Now, it’s taking on a different role as co-working space and business incubator. Entrepreneurs can use the Pantheon as a place to get their start-ups off the ground, or continue existing work.

Pantheon’s executive director said she sees it as an opportunity to breathe life into the Vincennes economy.

“Many rural communities lack an entrepreneurial ecosystem. They lack innovation. Therefore, they’re losing their young people. And so that’s something we struggle with. This is part of the solution to that,” said Nichole Like.

Members can pay to have their own desk or office space to get their businesses started. The Pantheon can also be useful in the age of COVID-19.

“I think we all found out during COVID that remote working is growing. It’s not going away. So that’s one element of our co-working clientele,” Like said.

The Pantheon will be open for use in November.