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.

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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.

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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.

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