Local Theater Receives $100,000 in Grants for Historic Preservation Project

(HARRISBURG) – The Embassy Theater has been awarded $100,000 in state funding through the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program to rehabilitate several sites, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

“This grant is vital to rehabilitating and restoring our local landmark,” Corman said. “It will help to promote economic development, create jobs and improve our communities. We must work to preserve pieces of history like the Embassy Theater.”

The money will be a part of phase 1 work which include interior rehabilitation including creating an occupiable area under the balcony and on the mezzanine. Overall work includes installing a handicap accessible restroom, repair of the plaster ceiling and walls as well as electric and other work.

Corman said the funding comes from the Commonwealth’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. This fund was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1993 using revenue from the voter-approved sale of bonds and from a portion of the state realty transfer tax.

Keystone Historic Preservation Grants, which require a 50/50 cash match, are available for the preservation, restoration and/or rehabilitation of historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The grants are administered on a competitive basis.

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Kocher  jkocher@pasen.gov