Share thoughts on theater’s future


A Somerville-based consulting firm hired to develop a business and operating plan for the renovation of the State Theatre will host a community meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 110 Rockland St. Three members of the Field Organization will interview residents at the meeting as part of the process for devising the best way for the nonprofit Friends of the State Theatre to raise up to $3 million to renovate the property. “In order to succeed, the State must serve the region, not just Stoughton,” said Mary Kelley, a principal with the Field firm. “We really need to hear from those who need or want to use this wonderful, historic building when it is reopened, as well as those who will come to downtown Stoughton to see a film or a performance.” The Friends of the State Theatre is considering classes, workshops, film screenings, live performances, family events, and a host of other offerings as potential uses for the downtown venue. The town’s Community Preservation Committee gave preliminary support last month to using $500,000 from its coffers as a matching grant toward the renovation project. Approval by a two-thirds majority at Town Meeting would be required for the project to receive the funding. For more information, go to

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