The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford is getting a makeover after being open for 100 years. Established in 1923, it provided entertainment for people who were coming out of isolation after the Spanish Flu pandemic. The theatre is the last surviving live performing arts center of the 17 theaters that were once in the city. In 2023, it will reopen after being closed for 19 months due to COVID-19. While it has hosted several renowned artists, it is time for the theatre to undergo renovation, while preserving its 1920s charm and historical significance. The $31 million project is going to be funded through private donations, state and city American Rescue Plan funds, and historic tax credits. The renovations will include revamping the seats, restoration of the theatre space, concrete upgradation, new paint, new tapestries, and a speakeasy from the 1920s beneath the theatre. The project will increase the number of seats by 60 to 80. The Zeiterion Theatre is the home of the New Bedford Festival Theater and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, both of which will continue after the renovation is complete. The project will begin in September and take about a year to complete.

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