Rebuilding of Lebowsky Center kicks off with groundbreaking ceremony
Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:00 pm
By GARY RIDLEY, Argus-Press Staff Writer
OWOSSO — Linda Keenan didn’t know when she and her volunteers would make it to this point. But now that the Owosso Community Players are on the verge of rebuilding the burned-out Lebowsky Theater, she is overjoyed.
Keenan and about four dozen other community members celebrated the future of the performing arts in Owosso, when organizers officially kicked off the rebuilding of the fire-gutted Lebowsky Center with a ceremony held inside the theater’s ruins Wednesday.
“It’s wonderful to finally make this big step,” said Keenan, executive director of the Owosso Community Players.
The Lebowsky Center, formerly the Capitol Theater, burned Feb. 14, 2007. Police say the blaze was an arson, although no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the fire. Since then, the burned-out, brick-and-cement structure has stood empty at the corner of Main and Park streets. However, the Center will once again be teeming with life.