Public opinion sought on future of Dover theater
A public meeting is being held on the future of a historic theater in Dover.
The Strand Theater opened in 1919, but fell on hard times and closed in 2009.
A meeting on ideas for the potential revitalization of the theater will be held Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the McConnell Center Cafeteria in Dover.
The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce approved a grant to explore the economic feasibility and community interest in refurbishing the theater. The chamber has been discussing options with the Dover Arts Commission, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the Dover Rotary, with the help of a consultant on arts and cultural restoration projects.
The consultant, Louise Stevens of ArtsMarket Inc., has led a feasibility study for the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and was involved in the restoration and redevelopment of the Flying Monkey Theatre in Plymouth.
Stevens has written over 150 cultural plans for cities, counties and towns in the United States and Canada.