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Sewickley theater plans making progress

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

By early March, a lease agreement to build a two-screen movie theater in Sewickley could be approved.

Council members are expected to vote at their March 11 meeting to approve an agreement leasing 11,800 square feet of borough-owned land on Walnut Street to Village Theater Company — a nonprofit whose members are seeking to bring a two-screen movie theater to the business district.

“We are so excited about what the theater is going to bring to the Village in terms of movies, local access to film office programs, and the impact it's going to have on restaurants in town,” theater group Vice President Susan Kaminski said.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Theater organizers have said the two-screen theater would show independent and classic films, and host educational events.

In September, organizers received a $350,000 grant from the state Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.

That money brought the group's overall total to more than $1.2 million.

The nonprofit group is trying to raise $1.5 million.

Sewickley Council members bought the land in July for $910,000. Initial plans called for the theater to be built above a proposed parking garage. Borough leaders in the fall temporarily called off plans to construct a parking garage, citing concerns over how it would be financed.

Borough leaders are awaiting results of a parking study commissioned in fall that originally was expected to be publicly released in February.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 orrcherry@tribweb.com.

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