Work to begin on renovations of 102-year-old Millville theater, to match renaissance of neighborhood
By DANIEL WALSH Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
MILLVILLE — The Levoy Theatre sits on High Street in the heart of downtown Millville, its crumbling roof and interior a poor reflection of what it once had been. Over the last decade, a vibrant arts district has grown up around it in what had been a neighborhood of dilapidated buildings. The theater became the final piece that needed renovation.
Work begins Wednesday on the $8.5 million rebuilding of the historic and long-vacant theater.
Theater supporters, who have worked since 1995 to renovate it, broke ground on the project Tuesday, and Ogren Construction will begin demolition work today to gut the interior of the 102-year-old theater, which closed in 1974. In its heyday, the Levoy included a movie theater and dance floor and a pipe organ.