The Lansdowne Theater was built in 1927 as a silent movie house. The original beaded curtain still hangs above the stage and orchestra pit, and the last movie played was in 1987.
“It’s a 50/50 match, so if they get money. they have to raise an equal amount of money for that. Grants also not only come for construction, but also planning for construction,” said Howard Pollman, s spokesman for the PHMC.
The grants are a reimbursement.
“So we are tracking their progress. We’re paying them back as they go along,” Pollman said.
The funding is supported annually by a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax revenue.