There are many resources available to us to help Save the Madison Theater. And saving the Madison Theater as a building isn’t enough. We would like the theater to be a going concern for generations to come. The theater’s 100th anniversary is just around the corner.
The theater could be run as a non-profit supporting local arts while still showing movies. A community performing arts hub and a great place to see movies with the kids – right in the heart of downtown. Check out our updated for 2019 “Non-Profit Theater Survey,” which shows how many small towns have saved and supported their local theaters.
One local theater, The Penn Theatre of Plymouth, Michigan has learned of our fight and has sent words of encouragement:
- Letter from Friends of Penn to Madison, 1 February, 2018
- Letter from Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, 2 February, 2018
- Letter from Plymouth Downtown Development Authority, February, 2018
- Penn Theatre Attendance 2017
If Plymouth, MI can do it, so can Madison, NJ.
Madison and the Lyon’s Madison Movie Theater are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is part of Madison’s historic district. Learn more about Madison’s Historic Preservation Commission, code, and ordinances:
- Madison Historic Preservation Commission
- Borough of Madison, NJ Historic Preservation Code
- Design Guidelines for implementing Madison’s Historic Preservation Ordinance
The Madison Theater is not just a place for the community to come together and see movies, it is also a unique building that introduces Madison to train goers everyday. A great documentary on the importance of preserving our history is this documentary on the destruction of The Original Penn Station.
Additional resources related to the economic impact of a local theater:
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Calculator (Website link)