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$2 million secured for Bristol Riverside Theatre renovation


$2 million in state funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) will go to a major renovation project at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol Borough.

The renovation will be a total overhaul of the theater, which has not been upgraded since opening in 1986 in a historic movie theater in Bristol Borough.  The project will include demolition of the 300-seat space and construction of a state-of-the-art facility to attract theater-goers to the more than 200 performances the theater puts on annually.

“We are absolutely overjoyed by the announcement of this grant which will be truly transformational for Bristol Riverside Theatre,” said Amy Kaissar, co-producing director for the theater.  “This grant, at this moment in time, is a moving recognition of the importance of our mission and BRT's centrality to our community. Our buildings have not been updated since 1986 so we can't wait to welcome patrons to a refreshed, upgraded, and newly accessible building. We are deeply grateful to Sen. Steve Santarsiero, Rep. Tina Davis, Gov. Tom Wolf, Ralph DiGuiseppe and the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County for recognizing the value of what we do.”

RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

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