Nonprofit awarded grant to join Norristown’s economic revitalization movement
Norristown, PA (Dec 6, 2011) – Theatre Horizon, Norristown’s professional nonprofit theatre company, will announce plans for the construction and grand opening of a new theatre slated for the Fall 2012. Company Co-Founders Erin Reilly and Matthew Decker will lead the formal announcement and rendering preview to the public at the Voices of Christmas opening night performance on December 16 at 7:45pm.
The former Bell Telelphone building at 401 DeKalb Street will be home to the nonprofit’s new performing arts center. Theatre Horizon was awarded a $200,000 grant in Montgomery County and Borough of Norristown revitalization funds to assist with the move. Additional proceeds were raised through annual performances and private donations.
“After years of planning and fundraising, we are excited to welcome the community to our Voices of Christmas opening night and invite them to experience all that our brand-new theatre will have to offer,” said Erin Reilly, Co-Founder and Artistic Director. “The new space will allow Theatre Horizon to serve our supporters and the Norristown community in a greater capacity than ever before.”
Theatre Horizon is currently renting space for performances and educational programs at the Centre Theater in Norristown, where two small professional theatres also reside. The nonprofit has performed in seven different venues since the organization emerged in 2005.
“Norristown has a rich tradition of performing arts, and it’s very important that Theatre Horizon reflects and augments Norristown’s already vibrant arts community,” said Matthew Decker, Co-Founder and Resident Director. “This expansion will provide more opportunity — both for our artistic direction and for local business growth.”
In the first five years at the Bell Telephone building, the organization anticipates more than $65,000 will be returned annually to the Borough of Norristown through the economic impact of dining and parking related to Theatre horizon’s performances.
To illustrate the announcement, Reilly and Decker will unveil a never-before-seen rendering of the future structure to the audience. The space will encompass a modern 120-seat theater, ground-floor office facility, multi-use lobby space for artistic and audience engagement programs, upgraded lighting, sound system equipment, technical and storage space, dressing rooms, and classrooms.
The ground plan was designed by Doug Seiler of Seiler + Drury Architecture. Construction bids have been submitted and will be announced in February 2012.