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The latest twist in the continuing saga: Irwin council considers buying Lamp Theatre

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The Lamp Theater on August 24, 2012

The latest on the Lamp:

“Irwin council is considering purchasing the Lamp Theatre.

“Council President John Cassandro said council is exploring the possibility of purchasing the 72-year-old structure, making the borough the sole owner of the theater.

“’It’s an option we’re exploring, and in order to do that, we have to determine the value of the building,’ Cassandro said. “This has a lot to do with getting the funding in place for this, and how quickly we have to move.”

Last week, Irwin council gave manager Mary Benko permission to spend no more than $1,000 to hire an appraiser to determine the market value of the Lamp Theatre.…

“Relight the Lamp, which is a committee of the Irwin Business & Professionals Association [Irwin Project], conducted fundraising to help offset the borough’s contribution. The group helped raise approximately $70,000 so far, according to Relight the Lamp member Kathleen Heuer.

“Heuer said the organization is excited about the possibility of borough ownership. The theater will help boost the local economy, she added.

“’A facility like this will build on the improvements Irwin has made along Main Street,’ Heuer said. ‘It will infuse the Norwin area not only with cash spent here, but with movies, music and the arts, which improve everyone’s quality of life.’

“Benko said borough officials have not discussed who would run the theatre or future involvement with the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.

“’We’re not at that point yet, since this is so preliminary,’ Benko said. ‘We can’t do anything without getting this appraisal done.

“’Even after it’s done, who knows? It could go nowhere.'”

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Not if we have anything to say about it! Oh, and if you go to read the full article, feel free to leave a comment. Walter is not in favor of this project, apparently.


About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to

7 responses »

  1. I use to live in Irwin and Manor and went to the Lamp over the years. I hope the Irwin Council approves and buys the property. Many to love the Lamp will use it once again.

  2. Hi Shirley!

    We hope so, too. I’m hoping to get more information at the next Irwin council meeting on February 10.

  3. Kerri Goldinger

    I Love the Lamp! I saw films there as a child and up until the point they closed. It would be a great asset to the community and I would come from Butler to go there again.

    • Hi KerrI! That’s what we’re hoping: that people will come from miles around to take advantage of the Lamp!

      And Shirley, we’ll keep you updated right here!

  4. I would love to watch movies there again.

  5. The Lamp…..and candy from Charlie Browns…what neat memories of a saturday movie day from about 47 years ago!


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