The Putnam Examiner

Work to Begin on the Old Town Hall Theater in 2016

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The exterior of the theater.
The exterior of the theater.

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is pleased to announce that renovations for the Old Town Hall Theater at 67 Main Street, Brewster, will begin in 2016 along with a fundraising campaign. Old Town Hall was built in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, it houses the Cultural Arts Coalition’s Studio Around the Corner on the ground floor and the Southeast Museum on the middle floor. Once open, the renovated theater on the top floor will make the building a cultural hub and tourist destination on Main Street, just 2 blocks from the Village of Brewster train station.

This past summer, the Cultural Arts Coalition and the Town of Southeast signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Old Town Hall. TOSCAC will oversee planned renovations, paid for in part by a NYS Grant of $250,000, and will raise the additional funds needed to open the Theater in this town-owned building. The MOU also stipulates a 10-year lease of the theater for the Coalition as lessee, with 2 optional renewals for a total of 30 years. The Town, in conjunction with TOSCAC, will solicit bids for work, which will include window restoration, a fire stair addition, heating system upgrade, sprinkler system installation, and accessible bathrooms installation.

The acoustically excellent Old Town Hall Theater will accommodate audiences of 200 or more and will provide performance space for local groups as well as exciting guest performers.

For more information on the renovations, our current programs at the Studio Around the Corner, and donating to the building campaign, visit or contact us at or (845) 363-8330. Donations can be sent to TOSCAC, 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509. TOSCAC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation; donations are tax deductible.

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