Embassy Theatre approved for Regional Cities funding

(Photo Supplied/Stephen J. Bailey/Downtown Fort Wayne)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Renovations to the Embassy Theatre will continue, thanks to help from the state’s Regional Cities Initiative.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has approved $1,745,180 in state funding to support the revitalization of the historic theater in downtown Fort Wayne.

“The Embassy Theatre is an iconic pillar for northeast Indiana. Support from the Regional Cities Initiative allows the Embassy to expand, giving more people of all ages new opportunities to experience out vibrant venue,” said Kelly Updike, executive director of the Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre.

The total project is expected to cost $10 million dollars. Some of the recent upgrades include a two-story-high ballroom and rooftop patio, breakout and rehearsal spaces, administrative offices, classrooms, history center and improved public access and concessions area.

This project is also expected to create more public rental options.

“As Indiana continues to outpace the nation in job creation, we remain focused on ways to attract talent to fill those positions through the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative,” said Governor Mike Pence. “The Embassy Theatre is a vibrant part of downtown Fort Wayne and these renovations will continue to propel the area’s cultural growth.”

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