2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award Winner
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown, NJ
Congratulations to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, NJ; recipient of the League of Historic American Theatres' 2016 Award for Outstanding Historic Theatre.
MPAC first opened in 1937 as The Community Theatre and was considered the crown jewel of movie mogul Walter Reade’s chain of movie theatres. By the 1980's, however, it had fallen into disrepair and sat idle for nearly a decade before being rescued in 1994 by the efforts of over 300 community volunteers who managed to get it operational again. "There are a great number of historic theatres doing amazing work every day across the county," Stein continued. "The community of Morristown should be very proud of MPAC's accomplishments."
The video below was presented during the 2016 Awards ceremony, hosted by the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, on July 17, 2016.