CLEVELAND — A community has come together to give a historic theater a much needed face lift after it sat vacant for decades.
Businesses are slowly coming back to the Collinwood and the street is starting to thrive again.
“It’s like the Phoenix rising from the fire,” said Councilman Mike Polensek.
The La Salle Threatre recently got a $4.7 million face lift after several organizations came together to save it.
“We’re talking about some state dollars, some federal dollars, historic tax credits both at the state and federal level, private investments through different grants,” said Jamar Doyle, the executive director of Greater Collinwood Development Corporation.
Although the old projectors from the 1920s are still inside, it’s not going to function as theater, instead it’s a media arts center and event space.
Councilman Polensek fought for the spot to become a historical landmark. He has so many great memories from there.
“Every Sunday I was here for the matinee and my claim to fame was four weeks in a row coming to watch Sean Connery in ‘Gold Finger’,” he said.
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