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Sussex Countian
  • Past owners of Milton Theatre vote to dissolve nonprofit

  • The Milton Theatre, built in 1910 at 110 Union Street, has sat vacant for about two years since past owners the Milton Development Corporation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit doing business as Milton Theatre, defaulted on its loan.
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  • THE ISSUE The Milton Theatre, built in 1910 at 110 Union Street, has sat vacant for about two years since past owners the Milton Development Corporation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit doing business as Milton Theatre, defaulted on its loan. The property went into foreclosure. In March, town residents Glenn and Lisa Howard purchased the theatre.
    WHAT’S HAPPENED The board of directors of the Milton Development Corporation have voted to dissolve the nonprofit, according to a prepared statement recently released by board member Maryellen Davis, who could not be reached for further comment.
    “An active theatre is vital to the development of a prosperous business environment in Milton,” Davis wrote in the statement. “The theatre is also important as it enhances the quality of life in our community. The MDC board appreciates the investment and commitment of the new owners of the Milton Theatre and fully supports them in their efforts to renovate and reopen the theatre.”
    WHAT’S NEXT Glenn Howard said the structure is in need of extensive repairs before it can be reopened to the public. Because the building sat vacant for two years, Howard said there is a lot of mold and mildew to be cleaned up. An electrician by trade, Howard is making repairs to the theatre in his spare time. He said they would like to reopen by next spring, but it depends on how much time and money is required to make the building safe again for theatre-goers.

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