This month, the sound of music has been replaced by the humming of construction equipment at the Media Theatre, where work is underway to literally support this landmark on
For several weeks in June, crews are repairing the brick parapet that extends from the flat roof of the 1927 building. The parapet extends upwards past the roof around the edges, making
the roof safer. A section of the parapet had failed, collapsing in on the roof.
The Media Theatre partnered with Delaware County Council to secure a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $154,000 to repair the roof and maintain the
integrity of the theatre, which is a cultural and economic asset to the Borough of Media and Delaware County.
CDBG funds are administered through the county Office of Housing and Community Development.
“These funds come in a block which allows the county to determine the best use to meet
community needs,” said OHCD Director Linda Hill. “This allows the flexibility to undertake projects like the preservation of historically significant structures like the Media Theatre.”
Hill and her staff worked with Patrick Ward, Media Theatre’s executive director, and architect Robert Linn to secure the grant and handle the bidding process. The work is being done
by L.J. Paolella Construction Inc. of Brookhaven.
“The staff at the theatre is really pleased that we could partner with the county to undertake these repairs,” said Media Theatre Director Patrick Ward. “It’s challenging to financially sustain our live theatre operation, but we also believe in trying to preserve this gem of a building too. This building started as a vaudeville house, and then it was repurposed as a live theatre in 1994, giving it new life. We thank our partners at the county for helping us to maintain this building.” The building is owned by Media Borough.
Since the pandemic forced the closure of Media Theatre in March, the stage has been dark. On June 15, the theatre reopened its doors for the children’s summer camp program which is operating under all CDC and state Health Department protocols.
“It is great to once again hear young people singing and dancing on our stage,” Ward said. “We look forward to the day when we reopen our doors to audiences for live musicals
again. This is just a long intermission. We’ll be back soon, under a stronger roof.”
Photo caption: Passers-by will see this equipment in the parking lot next to The Media Theatre until the roof repair is finished.