The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford is getting a makeover after being open for 100 years. The theater opened in 1923 as a form of entertainment for people coming out of isolation from the Spanish Flu pandemic. The theater is the last one remaining in the city that offers live performing arts. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the theater to close for 19 months, and the historic performing arts center is showing signs of age. As the community longs for live theater again, the theater is renovating while keeping its historical significance. The $31 million project is being funded by private donations, public funding, and historic tax credits. The renovations include new seats, historic restoration, new paint, new tapestries, and an additional 1920s speakeasy. The renovations are set to begin in September and take about a year to complete, and the theater will remain closed for performances during that time.

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