HAMMONTON — The Eagle Theatre is undertaking a major expansion project.
Last week, the theater’s owners bought the 120-year-old mansion next to it and plan to revitalize, expand and eventually attach it to the current Eagle Theatre structure.
The theater, a nonprofit organization, plans to use the new location to house out-of-town actors and artists, provide classrooms for outreach and education, and house administrative offices.
The organization also wants to use part of the space as an experiential wine lounge and lobby, according to a statement from theater Director Jim Donio.
“More than half of the funds have already been committed, and we are seeking donors and funders for the remaining amount, which will allow us to complete this ambitious project within the next several years,” Donio said.
The initial funding to buy the mansion and begin renovations, about $300,000, was provided by the state through the Downtown Business Improvement Zone Fund. The cost of the overall project will be in excess of $600,000, Donio said.