Historic Carlisle Theatre raising money to avoid closing its doors

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2013 2:24 PM
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(Carlisle) -- A historic theater in Cumberland County is trying to raise more than $500,000 for upgrades as it tries to avert possible closure.

The Carlisle Theatre, which opened in 1939, launched the Save The Carlisle Theatre Campaign this month. It's trying to purchase and install new digital projection and sound equipment and make numerous repairs to the old building.

Dickinson College recently pledged $75,000 toward the purchase of a new projector as part of the campaign. College spokeswoman Christine Baksi says the theater affects the school's academic programming and performance space.

Carlisle Theatre board president Sherrie Davis says the group needs at least $150,000 by the end of this year and that the campaign will then continue into 2014.

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