Concept rendering by Frens and FrensDecember 21, 2015 | Malcolm Johnstone

West Chester PA — The historic West Chester Armory Building on North High Street at Washington Street has been sold to the community organization that intends to renovate the 1916 structure into a venue for performing arts.

Finalizing the purchase on Friday was a significant step in bringing the theater redevelopment to fruition, according to members of the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance. Once completed, the proposed 325-seat theater will be a permanent home for a number of performing arts and educational organizations. The last major theater in West Chester, the Warner Theater, closed in the 1980s.

While more than half of the funds needed for the project have been raised, there is a still a strong need for money to get the theater open. Go to Uptown! Theater Alliance/donate and learn how you become a partner in bringing a theater back to West Chester.

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