Indiana Landmarks Supports Town Theatre On Historic Register
February 25, 2015 — Lakeshore Public Media staff — A historic downtown Highland theatre that is the subject of a major renovation project is now on the road to landmark status. Indiana Landmarks announced on Wedneday the “Partners In Preservation” funding for the Town Theatre, on Kennedy Avenue.
The awards from its “PIP” National Register Program will support nominations of 10 Hoosier sites and districts, including the Town Theatre, to the National Register of Historic Places. Listing in the National Register makes properties eligible for restoration incentives including a federal tax credit for owners of income-producing property.
The Town Theatre opened in 1946 and remained a single-screen movie house until it closed in 2008.
The Highland Town Council made the public commitment last fall to support the renovating and re-opening the theatre. A community board of directors was created to move the project ahead, with the goal of transforming the theatre into a community performing arts center.
[Photo of Town Theatre courtesy of cinematreasures.org]