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Keystone Theatre Completes Renovations


By Kelly Cole

For Northeast Pennsylvania’s oldest theatre, Dec. 3 was a memorable day. To mark the completion of months of major renovations that had barely begun when the historic theatre was flooded, members of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) and Rep. Tina Pickett symbolically cut a roll of filmstrip.

After the brief ceremony on Main Street, BCRAC executive director Brooks Eldredge-Martin led everyone into the lobby of the Keystone where he briefly spoke of the building’s history. When BCRAC took over the facility in 1988, one would not have thought that it was operational from the way the building appeared on the outside. The windows were all boarded up, and it did not have an inviting exterior.

It came as quite a shock to the council when they discovered that there was glass behind the boards, which was only one of many elements that called for immediate attention. Eldredge-Martin cited Rep. Pickett as a key person in helping to raise the necessary funds for the theatre’s 2001 addition.

Rep. Pickett in turn praised the BCRAC and the hard work and dedication of the council over the years and for making the facility an enjoyable and comfortable environment to take the family and enjoy all that the theatre brings to the community.

“It creates additional revenue for the local businesses as well as entertainment for the area. This theatre is as good as you would find anywhere else…if not better,” Pickett declared.



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