PHILIPSBURG — There is nothing quite like sitting in a grand old historic movie theater to watch a movie come to life. But with old age come many repairs. The Rowland Theatre in downtown Philipsburg is looking for a federal grant to help replace 202 seats in the lower balcony.
Rowland Theatre Inc. asked for a letter of support from the county commissioners so it can apply for the $93,064 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which would cover half of the cost to replace the seats, according to county director of planning Sue Hannegan.
“There are about a thousand seats in the facility, so this would be a small portion of those. You can see at $93,064, it is an expensive project to replace all the seats, so they plan to do this in phases,” said Hannegan. She said the upper balcony of the theater is closed currently due to seating issues.
The Rowland Theatre celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. The non-profit theater holds nightly movies and special events.
The county commissioners agreed to support the grant application.