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Well, we are getting closer to bringing this theatre back to life. financial package is nearly complete, pre-construction meetings are happening and the current schedule is to begin renovation in July of 2018. The plan is to be open for business in April of 2019, just one year away!
Just a quick update – it looks like the building will need to transfer ownership by the end of December, just a few weeks away. The reason for this is to secure tax credits which make the project viable. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to pull a project like this together. More to come by the start of the new year!
Yes! There is a plan moving forward to save this building and turn it into a live performance venue as part of the Capitol Center for the Arts. I’ll provide updates when possible. There are quite a few moving pieces to this project and it is far from being a sure thing right now.
An update – the theatre was sold in November. Congrats to the new owners! I hope the plans are for a renovation and grand reopening!
I wonder if the building is even sound at this point. I remember there used to be a marquee outside but it either fell down or was removed in the mid 90’s. Its a shame to see a building sit empty for so long.
I meant to post this a while ago…I was unable to close a deal with the current owner. As far as I know, it is still for sale or lease. I am still looking for a project, my preference is something that has a decent stage for live performances.
Just an update for those interested: I’ve been in the theatre twice in the last few weeks and just today got a copy of the original blueprints from the owner. The building is indeed for sale but would require significant work to return it to a live performance space. This should be done and I hope to be the one to do it. If you are interested, contact me through http://www.colonialnh.com
Does the city own it or is it privately held? I’d like to get some more information on this theatre. Guess a drive up to Laconia is in my future. :)