Feasibility Study to Begin in Danville for Arts Project

(HARRISBURG) – – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has approved a $10,000 grant to the Danville Business Alliance to begin a feasibility study for the possible renovation and reuse of the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Danville, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27), who worked with the Alliance on the application.

“The Business Alliance, along with the Danville Arts Council and the Montour Area Recreation Committee has done an outstanding job in recent years in promoting downtown arts initiatives,” said Senator Gordner. “The possible conversion of the Capitol Theater into a multi-use community arts center has great potential in establishing Danville as a regional arts destination and can lead to further revitalization of Mill Street.”

The PHMC grant will fund a portion of the cost of an architectural study of the historic and ornate building.  An operating and fundraising plan will also be established.  The Alliance is collaborating with the Williamsport Community Arts Center on the project, which is widely supported by the Borough as well as the business community.

PHMC awarded the grant under the Historic Preservation Program, which funds non-profit and community efforts to preserve publicly accessible historic resources that are eligible for inclusion in the National Registry of Historic Places.

CONTACT:  Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928