PROVIDENCE, PA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was on hand to dedicate the new Providence Performing Arts Square during a ceremony in front of the venue.
During the ceremony, PPAC Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph W. Walsh and PPAC President J.L. “Lynn” Singleton presented Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee with the PPAC Founders Award.
The Founders Award was created by PPAC’s Board of Trustees and recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the preservation and development of the Theatre. Past Founders Awards recipients include Governor Bruce Sundlun, Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., Robert E. Freeman, Lincoln W.N. Pratt, Howard N. Kay, J. Joseph Kruse, and Mrs. B.A. (Sylvia) Dario.
The 3,000 seat PPAC first opened in 1928 as a Loew's State Movie Palace and almost was torn down in the '70s, but was extensively rehabbed in 1999 and turned into a live performance space.
Mayor Taveras said, "[PPAC Square] is a signature spot, not only in our city, but in our state. This is a great example of government and private sector coming together to make something positive happen. Better days are ahead for our city and for our state." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers