Two new grants from the Ohio Arts Council has the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta moving forward.
Development Director Hunt Brawley says the theatre has received two grants.
One of those grants is a $11,000 sustainability grant that they had last year and they will get again this year.
The second one is a $16,000 creative economy grant that will be used for marketing materials, benches, archtiect rendering and signage.
Brawley says he is working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marietta Main Street, the City of Marietta, and Marietta College to make that block of Putnam Street a focal point for the city and a new theatre district.
"And the purpose of that grant was really to create a theatre or entertainment district in downtown Marietta, particularly in this block where the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre and People's Bank Theatre are located. And the intent is to use those two theatre's as a catalyst," says Hunt Brawley, Development Director for the Hippodrome, Peoples Bank Theater.
The theatre is also working on new market or historic tax credits to fund the rest of the renovation.
Brawley says right now there is no movement with the tax credits and if they can't find an investor by September, they have to start looking towards a new strategy.