Work to Continue on the Old Town Hall Theater in 2017!
The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is pleased to announce that renovations for the Old Town Hall Theater at 67 Main Street, Brewster, are continuing in 2017 along with a fundraising campaign. Old Town Hall was built in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, it houses the Cultural Arts Coalition’s Studio Around the Corner on the ground floor and the Southeast Museum on the middle floor. Once open, the renovated theater on the top floor will make the building a cultural hub and tourist destination on Main Street, just 2 blocks from the Village of Brewster train station.
In 2015, the Cultural Arts Coalition and the Town of Southeast signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Old Town Hall. TOSCAC will oversee planned renovations, paid for in part by a NYS Grant of $250,000, and will raise the additional funds needed to open the Theater in this town-owned building. The MOU also stipulates a 10-year lease of the theater for the Coalition as lessee, with 3 optional renewals for a total of 30 years. The Town, in conjunction with TOSCAC, is currently soliciting bids for restoring the windows and adding an egress stairwell, which will be paid for with the grant monies in hand. Fundraising is ongoing for other work necessary to the renovation, including building system upgrades (electrical, plumbing, and mechanical) as well as new accessible bathrooms and dressing room renovation. Theater-related work (lighting, sound, curtains, seating) will also ensue.
The acoustically excellent Old Town Hall Theater will accommodate audiences of 200 or more and will provide performance space for local groups as well as exciting guest performers.
Contact us at TOSCAC2010@gmail.com or (845) 363-8330 for more information. If you would like to become involved in the renovation effort or make a donation, please let us know. TOSCAC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation; donations are tax deductible.