Funding to Help Restore Stoughton’s State Theatre Included in Budget Sent to Governor
Posted by Jeffrey Pickette | Published by stoughton.patch.com
July 3, 2013
An amendment to provide some funding to help restore Stoughton’s State Theatre was included in the $34 billion FY14 state budget lawmakers passed on Monday.
The budget now awaits Governor Deval Patrick’s approval.
“Representatives [William] Galvin and [Louis] Kafka sponsored an amendment to include $50,000 for the restoration of the State Theatre in Stoughton Center through the Historical Commission. The money will help refurbish the important Stoughton landmark, which will also promote economic development in the area,” according to a press release from the offices of Reps. Galvin and Kafka.
Located on Washington Street in Stoughton Center, the State Theatre opened in 1927 and closed as the Stoughton Cinema Pub in 2007. It has been vacant since.
Former Selectman John Stagnone is leading the efforts to restore the Theatre. He and his wife, Roberta, have entered into a long-term 20-year lease of the building, and formed a 501c3 non-profit corporation, Friends of the State Theatre, to help with this renovation process.
Stagnone has said more than $1 million will need to be invested.
The FY14 budget also includes more than $2.7 million ($2,772,599) in unrestricted local aid for Stoughton, “which goes directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvement and repair, public safety and economic development,” according to a release from the office of State Senate Brian A. Joyce.