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Friends of the Embassy awarded $100K grant

Money to go to upgrades for historic theater

LEWISTOWN — Friends of the Embassy Theatre has been awarded a $100,000 grant for upgrades to ensure the historic theater in Mifflin County is usable by modern audiences, state Rep. John Hershey, R-Mifflintown, announced Monday afternoon.

According to Hershey’s office, the funding comes from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program for the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic sites.

“The replica marquee added to the building in the mid-2000s certainly reinvigorated hopes to see the theater brought fully back to life,” Hershey said in a statement Monday. “I’m thankful the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission continues to recognize the worthiness of this project.”

Built in 1927, the Embassy Theatre in Lewistown retains many of its original architectural elements. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

After the building closed in 1981, the Friends of the Embassy Theatre purchased the building in the early 1990s and contracted with architectural firms to develop rehabilitation plans.

The Embassy Theatre is located on Main Street in Lewistown, just south of Monument Square.

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