Greenbelt theater to be restored with Partners in Preservation earnings

An aging theater in Greenbelt is getting a new lease on life. Voters in a social media contest decided the Greenbelt landmark was worthy of winning big money.

Moviegoers have been filling the Greenbelt theater for 75 years. Time has definitely taken its toll, but soon it'll look just like it did on opening day in 1938.

Several thousand moviegoers took her love online, voting in the 8th annual Partners in Preservation competition where 24 historic sites in the D.C. metro area are vied for grants.

The Greenbelt theater tallied up the fifth most votes, taking in $75,000.

"With this renovation, we're going to breath new life into this theater," says Justin Baker, co-manager of Friends of Greenbelt Theatre.

The lobby will be restored to its orginial 1930's art deco style. And the old school movie house is also getting some New Age love.

It's one of the last remaining widescreen theaters still running off film.

"The big studios we understand are going to stop printing the films and they're going to shift to this digital format so you have to have a digital projector to remain relevant with the times," says Megan Searing Young, Greenbelt Museum Director.

Other planned changes include improving handicap accessibility and upgrading the concession stand and ticket booth.

The Washington National Cathedral and Mount Vernon were the top winners of the Partners in Preservation competition, each taking home $100,000 checks.