A Bright Future
As I became more and more involved here at The Music Hall, we formed a plan to restore and sustain our beloved theater, including bringing in an innovative Executive Director. Thanks to Patricia Lynch and her vision, over the last twelve years, we’ve returned the theater back to its original splendor, created the showstopping lower lobby with those iconic bathrooms, installed a breathtaking chandelier, opened our black box theater the Loft, and, just over a month ago, added a vintage-inspired illuminated marquee.
Watching the marquee lights go on for the first time was a truly spectacular night, and a proud moment for all of the people who helped us turn a theater on the brink of becoming condos just thirty years ago into the “Crown Jewel” of the Seacoast. Each time I walk past the marquee, I’m reminded of the amazing visionaries who fought to keep the lights on so many years ago. Their stewardship and foresight created the foundation that has allowed us to become what we are today.
While we celebrate our milestones, we are also looking towards the future. Once we put the finishing touches on our Chestnut Street Improvement Project, the outside of the Historic Theater will finally match the gorgeous inside. Because we are in the center of the cultural district of Portsmouth, we felt that it was important to highlight the other attractions around town. I am excited that later this year we’ll be erecting a wayfinding arch that will guide people to The African Burying Ground, Prescott Park, and the West End, among other locations. It’s an exciting time here at The Music Hall and we are all so fortunate to be a part of this incredibly supportive, fantastic community, and there’s so much more to come