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December 27, 2022

Fitchburg State will receive $2M for Main Street theater project

Image | Courtesy Fitchburg State University Fitchburg State University plans to build a new 250-seat black box theater in Downtown Fitchburg.

Fitchburg State University will receive $2 million in federal money for a new downtown black box theater.

The new theater will be used for university productions and the public, according to a Tuesday press release from the university. It will be adjacent to a 1,700-seat historic theater Fitchburg State is renovating.

The money is part of the $1.7-trillion omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Joe Biden on Friday.

FSU purchased the theater block at 717 Main St. in 2016. It is home to a game studio for Fitchburg State game design students and ideaLab, a resource for entrepreneurs.

Additional storefronts in the building are being renovated for commercial and gallery space using previous municipal, state and federal allocations, according to the press release.

Boston’s ICON Architecture is the architect for the theater block renovation.

The project is a major piece in the culturally focused redevelopment of Fitchburg’s downtown, which includes new gallery and studio space on Main Street and the redevelopment of a former school complex for artist-preference affordable housing.

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