Fight for Milton Theatre will go on despite sheriff sale

by Michael Short on September 21, 2010

By Michael Short

The Milton Theatre went to sheriff sale on Tuesday morning. No one bid on the historic Union Street building, so the property will go to the lender, the Delaware Community Investment Corporation (DCIC).

Theatre officials pledged that the fight to save the theatre will continue. With a full slate of shows, concerts and special events, the historic building has been seen as a lynchpin to Milton’s downtown.

Posters in the theatre windows proclaim the theatre “is keeping culture and art alive in downtown Milton.”

Theatre officials pledged to keep a fundraising campaign rolling in the hope that the show will go on. “We believe that we will be able to amass enough in our “Hope Chest” to purchase the building and we urge all those who love the theatre, who support the arts or who support economic development in the Milton community” to support us, said Ellen Passman, president of the theatre board of directors.

Passman and other theatre officers huddled together after Tuesday’s sale before issuing a press release later in the day. “What we really need from everyone is their support,” Passman said.

“We were not at all surprised that DCIC was the purchaser at today’s sale,” Passman said. “We knew that it was likely they would be the high bidder. We sincerely hope that after the dust settles and the paperwork is completed, they will be open to offers on the theatre from interested bidders, and based on our fundraising so far and the pledges received, we certainly anticipate being one of those interested.”

“We have been thrilled by the response of the community to our fundraising campaign,” she said. “We continue to strategize and discuss our situation with interested parties, including potent donors, grant-givers and others. Significant pledges are still coming in.”

The theatre property and an adjoining home were broken into two parcels and sold separately at Tuesday morning’s sheriff sale. Sheriff Eric Swanson asked for an opening bid of $282,500 for the theatre property.

Anyone interested in supporting the theatre can call 684-3400. Passman said that donations are to purchase the building. If that does not happen, then donations will be returned.

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Ellen Passman September 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Dear Michael,

Thanks for all the support of the Milton Theatre. Get ready for some outstanding surprises in programming in the next few weeks….Stay tuned everyone…. it’s going to be great!!! See you at the Milton Theatre. check out http://www.miltontheatre.org. EAP

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