SANBORNTON — Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton has pledged $20,000 toward the Colonial Theater restoration project, parties to the project reported.
Support from local businesses like the resort group, in combination with incentives available through the New Hampshire community development investment program, is paving the way toward a successful restoration of the Laconia landmark, officials said.
Steele Hill reported, ""We are very proud to support the Colonial Theater and look forward to it reopening in the future."
The Colonial Theater has entered its first phase of rehabilitation, beginning with the demolition of a movie cinema partition that was installed in the 1980s, though the theater had once hosted circuses and vaudeville acts when it first opened in 1914. The movie theater has since closed in the early 2000s. The project will turn the 102-year structure into a civic auditorium.
"Our executive team remembers the days when the Colonial was a centerpiece in town, and we hope our donation will help reestablish the theater as a new local amenity for our guests and a welcome addition to the region's cultural arts offerings," Steele Hill Resorts reported. In accepting the donation, Justin Slattery, executive director of the Belknap EDC, a nonprofit regional development corporation, said, "We are honored to receive a donation from Steele Hill Resorts. They are a strong community partner in the Lakes Region, and we appreciate their support of the Colonial Theater project."
Any business or resident interested in learning more about the Colonial Theater capital campaign can call (603) 524.3057 or visit 609MainStreet.org.
Working to restore the Colonial Theater are (from left) Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC executive director; Doug Cutillo, vice pesident at Steele Hill Resorts; Rob Robillard, vice president of operations at Steele Hill Resorts; and Justin Cutillo, vice president at Steele Hill Resorts. (Courtesy photo)