New Haven’s Shubert Theater could have some new bones in time for its 100th birthday—if state lawmakers heed remarks Pat Dillon and John Fisher made at the Capitol on Thursday.
Dillon, a New Haven state representative, and Fisher, executive director of the College Street theater, testified before the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee.
They spoke in favor a bill Dillon has introduced to have the state borrow $3.45 million on behalf of the Shubert. The money would pay for masonry and roof repairs as well as mechanical work. If the bill passes, the work could be done in time for the Shubert’s 100th birth on Dec. 11, 2014.
Dillon and Fisher made a pitch for investing in preserving the state’s cultural heritage.
“Looking to the Shubert’s next 100 years, we envision a vibrant force for the performing arts in New Haven and the region, and as an economic cornerstone of downtown New Haven,” Fisher testified, according to a release from Dillon’s office.
Separately, New Haven’s mayor announced earlier this month that the city is exploring turning over ownership of the Shubert’s building to the not-for-profit corporation that runs it.