Online competition might help raise curtain for Old Greenbelt Theatre
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau | Published by Gazette.net
April 30, 2013
Greenbelt resident Barbara Simon, 70, recalled going to the Old Greenbelt Theatre when she was growing up in the 1940s and watching newsreels, serials and movies. Children’s tickets cost less than a quarter.
“When they built Greenbelt, this was the showcase, the center of life here,” Simon said.
Now, supporters are hoping it once again can be a city destination point if the theater can win a $100,000 grant in an online preservation competition incorporating social media.
The theater, in Roosevelt Center in the heart of Old Greenbelt, is one of 24 sites in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland competing in the eighth annual Partners in Preservation program, which awards grant money to historic sites annually. It is the only site in Prince George’s County.
Launched in 2006 by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the preservation program awards grants to historic sites in different communities each year, said Robert Nieweg, field director of the National Trust’s Washington office.
Individuals have until May 10 to vote online for their favorite of the 24 historic sites at www.partnersinpreservation.com.
The Old Greenbelt Theater is competing for a grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation program. Voting continues until midnight Friday, May 10.
Vote early and often so this beloved old theater can win a grant to help with its renovation.