Old Church Theater, Inc.


Please help support our vision to renovate and preserve this 226 year-old historic building in downtown Bradford, Vermont.

We are currently in the midst of an important project: the complete restoration of our historic building, which is the oldest public building in Bradford. In doing so, we aim to provide a year-round performing arts facility where all community members are invited to become involved.
The cost estimate for this project is in excess of $1,000,000. We have taken some important steps to advance the
project this past year, and we are now in the pre-design phase.

The Old Church Theater is important to our area and provides services, including entertainment and education, which enrich Bradford and its surrounding towns.

We are a non-profit corporation and donations to this project may be tax deductible, depending on your individual tax status.

Please consider making a monetary contribution to our restoration fund.  You can make a one-time donation or subscribe for a monthly donation for 12 months through Paypal. Click the appropriate button below and help make this project a reality. Thank you!

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Restoring our 225 year-old home for year round, accessible community use.


So far, we have:


• Received a $12,064.00 grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to address serious structural framing concerns.

• Received a $500 grant for Technical Assistance Survey by Preservation Trust of Vermont.

• Received a $5,000 Planning Grant from the National Trust Preservation Fund.

• Received $10,000 from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation for Emergency Stabilization

• Braced the back left corner of the building to maintain structural integrity.

• Began removal of inventory from basement so appropriate foundation repairs can be made.


• Received $1,000 Grant and $1,000 Grant Match from Co-Operative Insurance.

• Received a $3,500 Feasibility Fund Award from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

• Received $60,000 Planning Grant from Vermont Community Development Program.

• Received $500 from Hypertherm Hope Foundation.

• Received $2,500 from Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund to present the project at Landmark Preservation Commission Meeting in Fort Collins, CO.

• Received $2,800 in-kind donation from anonymous donor.

• Received $17,031.39 from individual donations, and other fundraising efforts, for all years.

• Received letters of support from Senator Jane Kitchell, Senator Joe Benning, Bradford Merchants Association, Cohase Chamber of Commerce, Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas, and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

• Completed removal of inventory from all areas of the building.

• Historical Preservation Assessment completed.

• Selected and consulted with the architectural firm that will lead the design and construction process.

• Continued feasibility, planning, eligibility studies.

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