Oldcastle Buys Building, changes name

BENNINGTON — After nearly a half century of renting space from others, Bennington’s Oldcastle Theatre now owns its current building, the theater company announced.

The building at 331 Main St. was purchased Friday from the Bennington Redevelopment Group and the organization has become the Bennington Performing Arts Center — the Home of Oldcastle Theatre.

The company intends to play a major role in the revitalization of downtown by staging a year-round schedule of entertainment and education offerings. This will include community theater, cabaret theater, films, concerts, acting classes, art exhibits and other events, as well as the professional theater that Oldcastle has staged since 1972.

“We intend to be an important part of Bennington’s new public square,” said Oldcastle board President Anthony Marro. “We’ve done quality professional theater for five months of the year for a very long time, and we’ve expanded into other things in recent years. But we now plan to offer even more entertainment and education for residents of all ages, at affordable prices, all year round, and to find ways of putting more Bennington people on the stage as well as in the audience.”

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