September 13, 2012
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Susan Lewis has always been fond of the Norwood Theatre building. To her, the exposed brick walls, the intricate moulding, and the long hallways hold memories and the opportunity to inspire.
“I always felt this place had a heart,” she said. “I also feel very strongly about the arts and what is has done in my own childrens’ lives and I wanted to bring that to the community.”
Lewis, who currently lives in Dover, purchased the theatre in December 2009 and began renovating the building in 2010. Two weeks ago, it opened to the public for the first time since then with a free showing of the original “Mary Poppins” film.
Renovations including handicap accessibility features abound in the old building, but Lewis said she did not want the changes to look obvious. She spent months pouring over details such as what colors should be in the carpet and what types of doors should be on the bathroom stalls.
Each decision was made with thoughtful consideration to the year the building was built – 1927.
“I would say we changed everything – we gutted the building, changed the plumbing, excavated the basement, but we really tried to keep all of the architectural details and only added things if they paid respect to the time period,” Lewis said.
The theatre has a number of live and filmed shows planned for the next few months and will be open Saturday during Norwood Day. Free screenings of the film, “The Red Balloon” will take place every two hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the theatre or upcoming events visit www.norwoodstage.com.
Natalie Feulner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.