Landis Theater becoming performing arts center

posted by CSWalczak on December 22, 2009 at 7:45 am

VINELAND, NJ — The 1937 Landis Theatre is undergoing a $60 million transformation into a performing arts center. The theater closed in 1987 and was saved from demolition for a drug store. A recent article spotlights the construction work; the accompanying pictures suggest that while the exterior is being restored, the interior has been more or less gutted out for the new use.

“There isn’t a bad seat here,” Landis Theater Foundation President Lori DiMatteo-Fiocchi said, as she walked across the new stage. “It’s really wide.”

The orchestra pit is now apparent, the wooden stage is set, and the whole structure — complete with fly and wing space — provides a frame to the vision project developer Hans Lampart had when he first took on the revitalization project.

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