From The Westerly Sun – June 27, 2018
United Theatre announces $7 million capital campaign to complete renovations
By Nancy Burns-Fusaro / Sun staff writer
WESTERLY — The movie theater where many memories were made has taken another step closer to its comeback.
The United Theatre, the iconic Canal Street movie house where scores of local filmgoers watched their first horror movie, or saw “Star Wars,” or “Jaws” for the first time, or held the hand of their honey in the upstairs balcony, has announced a $7 million dollar capital campaign to complete the renovations.
Philanthropist Charles “Chuck” Royce and state Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Westerly, will serve as co-chairs of the campaign, said Maureen Fitzgerald, the chair of the United’s board of directors.
“We have secured pledges from board members and two six-figure gifts,” she said, “which puts is in a good position.”
A number of local businesses are also behind the project, said Fitzgerald, who was waiting to make the final arrangements before announcing the names of the donors.
“We are moving ahead,” Fitzgerald said, comparing the project, once it is completed, to a “mini Lincoln Center.”