Clarksburg to acquire, restore old theater

CLARKSBURG (AP) — A former theater in Clarksburg is expected to play a critical role in the city’s downtown revitalization plan.

The city plans to restore the former Rose Garden Theater as a regional cultural center.

The Exponent Telegram reports that City Council voted last week to buy the old theater for $430,000.

Prior to the meeting, City Manager Martin Howe told the council that he plans to seek $3 million in financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for refurbishing the theater. The money also will replenish rainy-day funds that will be used to buy the structure.

The theater closed several years ago. It opened on Feb. 5, 1913, as the Robinson Grand Theater. Previous owners restored the theater after a fire gutted it in 1939.

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