$1.5 million in grants to aid conversion of Colonnade Theater into playhouse
MILLERSBURG, PA — Closed since 2000, the Colonnade Theatre which opened in 1919 will be converted into a live performance venue principally for for the Twin Valley Players (TVP) group that acquired the theater in 2008. The cost of the conversion will be substantially the result of the awarding to the TVP of two $750,000 grants. The conversion of the theater, a rare reverse auditorium design, will strive to honor the theater’s cinematic history though it will not be a true restoration.
“With this $1.5 million, we will be well on the path to getting the building renovated and open to the community,” said Dr. Todd F. Hoover, TVP treasurer.
State Rep. Sue Helm, R-104, and Dauphin County Commissioner Jeffrey Haste each obtained $750,000 grants for the project. Helm got the state’s $750,000 portion, which comes from the commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, while Haste got money for the county’s matching portion through the Dauphin County Office of Community and Economic Development.
The story appeared in the Republican Herald.