Following Gov. John Carney’s order shutting down all nonessential businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Milton Theatre has announced that it will close operations indefinitely.
In an email letter to supporters, spokesman JP Lacap said the theater has begun rescheduling events that were planned to be held in the next few weeks.
“The closure of our venue means the loss of one of the things we love the most about downtown Milton,” Lacap said. “The theatre is a safe and happy place not just to us, but to all our patrons, and it's not available right now.”
Lacap said all operations have been moved to be conducted over email with staff working remotely. However, because the theater is almost entirely funded by ticket sales, and now having to honor refund requests, Lacap said nine staff members have had to be laid off, along with more than 20 contractors, in addition to the artists whose shows are now canceled.
Lacap said the theater needs $400 a day to keep daily operations going and is accepting donations.
“At some point, the Milton Theatre will reopen. To rebound from this devastating crisis, we will need the performing arts to lift us, revive us, and allow us to once again connect with our community. When that time comes, we will be here! The Milton Theatre has been around for more than 100 years, and we intend to carry on,” he said.
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