Resident issues $25,000 challenge grant to encourage new Warwick Theater

posted by CSWalczak on April 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

MARBLEHEAD, MA — When the original effort to restore the original 1919 Warwick Theatre proved unfeasible, a new drive was launched by the Warwick Theater Foundation to get a new twin cinema built as a part of a new structure to be located on the block where the theatre is located. That drive recently got a boost when an anonymous local resident committed $25,000 if an additional equal amount could be raised.

The plan for the new Warwick will include a 1,500 square-foot lobby that would seat up to 50 people for three meals a day, plus cocktails in the evening until 11 p.m.

“We think we’ve developed some very innovative uses for the lobby. Most small local movie houses open around 5 or 6 (p.m.), sometimes for only four or five days a week. We believe that by serving three meals a day, having a varied menu of fresh healthy foods and beverages in addition to showing all kinds of free HD-quality digital programs on the many screens in the room, we can offer something you won’t find anywhere else,” McCloskey said.

The story is in the Marblehead Patch.

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