Monday, October 10, 2011

Dinniman Announces $250,000 in State Funding for Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre to Help It Purchase, Renovate Adjacent Chester County Bank Building

Kudos to the Colonial Theater and State Senator Andy Dinniman!!


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WEST CHESTER (October 7) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that Phoenixville’s Association for the Colonial Theater will soon receive $250,000 in state funding to help purchase and renovate its neighboring building, the former home of The Phoenix newspaper.

Dinniman on Friday said the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding will help Colonial Theatre officials turn the vacant building into a multi-purpose 250-seat theater for arts performances, which in turn will continue Phoenixville’s economic and cultural revitalization.

“The Colonial Theatre is both a focal point of and driving force behind Phoenixville’s revitalization, attracting film buffs and concertgoers who then shop and dine in the many other thriving businesses in borough’s historic downtown,” Dinniman said. “I am confident that these funds will go a long way in the expansion and renovation of the theatre and the continued renaissance of downtown Phoenixville.”

In addition to the 250- seat theater, Colonial Theatre officials say the rehabilitation will also include a large lobby and “incubator space” for arts-related start-up organizations.

Colonial Theatre Association Executive Director Mary Foote on Friday said, “This is a real honor that Senator Dinniman found our project so worthwhile that he would do so much to make this grant happen. The impact this will have on our organization and the Phoenixville community is very strong,”

Foote added, “Arts and culture play a large role in the revitalization of many communities. We have seen this over the last 10 years here in Phoenixville. The purchase of 225 Bridge will bring us closer to expanding our programming and will certainly enhance the streetscape of downtown Phoenixville. These RACP grants are a wonderful vehicle for revitalizing communities.”

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s District Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Hisortical Society of the Phoenixville Area announces two upcoming events!

Event: Military Timeline

Location: 204 Church Street, Phoenixville PA 19460

Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

Date: September 10, 2011

Time: 10 AM to 3 PM

Contact: 610-935-7646

Military Timeline—September 10

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will sponsor its second Military Timeline on Saturday, September 10th from 10 AM to 3 PM.

What's a military timeline?

It's a living history program featuring military re-enactors dressed in historical garb who interact with the public to explain the time period they are depicting and explain their uniforms, equipment and weapons.

This free event will be held on the lawn of the Historical Society.

Coordinated by Ryan Conroy, re-enactors will cover from the Revolutionary War to the modern era. Also present will be speakers who will give special talks at 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM under a tent on the lawn.

The Museum will be open during the same hours and features a special exhibit on Phoenixville and the Civil War.


Event: Historical Society Annual Banquet

Featured Speakers: The Tuskegee Airmen

Location: Spring Hollow Golf Club, 3350 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City, PA 19475

Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

Date: September 21, 2011

Time: 6 PM

Contact: 610-935-7646

Tuskegee Airmen to speak at Historical Society banquet—September 21

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces.

The American military and federal government were racially segregated during WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the Armed Forces. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.

The story of these brave patriots needs to be told, and the rare opportunity to hear this story as told by one of the original Airmen, is available for anyone who lives history.

The Historical Society banquet will be held at Spring Hollow Golf Club at 6:00 PM on September 21st, 2011. The cost for the talk is $40 and includes choice of dinner entrée.

Please contact The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area at 610-935-7646 or email for an invitation.

Reservations must be received by September 14th.