Federal money brings iconic theater in Toledo’s northern neighborhood to life

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced that $2.5 million is going to the Ohio Theater on Lagrange St. and the Toledo Children’s Theater Workshop that calls it home.

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ohio Theater and Event Center, the iconic neighborhood theater in the “Old Polish Village” on LaGrange St. in north Toledo, is getting a big boost in its efforts to renovate the building with federal funding announced Friday.

US Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced $2.5 million in funding for theater restoration.

The Toledo Children’s Theater Workshop, which organizes acting classes and mounts productions with young people from the region, recently moved into the building and will also benefit from the windfall.

The money will be used to restore the theater’s facade and marquee and renovate interior space to be used for classrooms, according to the nonprofit group.

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The Ohio Theater is long overdue for renovation with scaffolding adorning the sidewalk in front of the building for years. Yet the community in northern Toledo has never abandoned its neighborhood theater.

Kaptur said in announcing the federal money “Federal investments play a critical role in uplifting our people and unlocking our region’s full potential.”

Built in 1921, the Ohio Theater was one of the first homes for vaudeville, silent films, and other performing arts in the city. In 2006, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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