Developer hopes to restore historic Woodbury theater
By Chelsea Conaboy
Inquirer Staff Writer
From the sidewalk on Woodbury’s South Broad Street, it is difficult to see the 1880 G.G. Green building the way developer Brian Wolfson does: as the bones of a historic theater waiting for revival and a potential economic engine for a struggling downtown.
The once-regal brick exterior is obscured by a dirty 1970s metal facade and window display cases that have sat empty for nearly a decade. Neglect and a leaky roof have caused decades of damage inside.
The building occupies a block on which all but one of the storefronts are vacant, on a street that sees as many as 25,000 cars each day, though few stop.
Wolfson says a $10 million investment and a groundswell of community support could transform the 27,280-square-foot building into a restored theater with an attached restaurant.
“We would see the original grandeur of the building as it was intended to be,” he said.