Trinity Rep receives $500K for Lederer Theater Center renovation

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Monday announced a $500,000 federal earmark to help Trinity Repertory Company renovate the Lederer Theater Center’s terra-cotta façade. 

The Rhode Island Democrat secured the federal funding in the fiscal 2022 appropriations law. 

“Trinity Rep helps bring people to Providence and it brings arts and cultural opportunities to a wide circle of audiences, including students,” Reed said. “This federal funding will help preserve the character of this historic gem of a building while improving the theater-going experience for audiences, expanding art education and creating new opportunities for the community to come together in this space for live theater and cultural opportunities.” 

Trinity Rep acquired the Lederer Theater Center in 1971 and constructed two performance spaces, offices, production shops, rehearsal halls and studios. The Beaux Arts-style building at 201 Washington St., which opened in 1917 and became a movie theater in 1923, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. 

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“All of us at Trinity Rep are incredibly honored and grateful to be the recipients of this funding which will allow us to move ahead on the restoration and expansion of our historic home,” said Trinity Rep. Executive Director Kate Liberman. “Sen. Reed’s leadership has brought great momentum to our plans to ensure the theater is more welcoming, accessible and impactful to our community.”