Tax Credit To Help Senator Theatre Restoration

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(credit: The Senator)

(credit: The Senator)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Senator Theatre’s owners will receive a $300,000 tax credit to rehabilitate the movie house.

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit for the theater on Tuesday.

Owners James “Buzz” Cusack and his daughter, Kathleen Lyon, plan a restoration that will preserve the original cinema, which has been a North Baltimore landmark since 1939, and add three screens and a small restaurant.

Cusack tells the Baltimore Sun that his proposal was “significantly different” from an unsuccessful submission to the Maryland Historical Trust a year ago. That delay in the tax credit put restoration plans on hold.

He says the theater will close temporarily to complete renovations in time for the big holiday movies.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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