Imperial Theatre raises match needed for $1 million in tax money

The Imperial Theatre exceeded its fundraising goal to receive the match for tax dollars that will help restore the historic downtown theater.

Executive Director Charles Scavullo said $256,000 was collected to receive the $1 million special purpose local option sales tax money. The goal was a 25 percent match, or $250,000.

“We had wonderful corporate and foundation support,” Scavullo said. “Literally hundreds if not thousands of individuals from the CSRA contributed.”

The campaign began more than a year ago. The tax money will be used to update heating and air systems, repair the exterior building enclosure, and replace the original fire curtain and fire escapes.

The Imperial Theatre will begin the second phase of its capital campaign in coming months. In the next three years, $1 million needs to be raised toward the ultimate goal of $4 million to $6 million, Scavullo said.

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