On May 15, the Massachusetts Cultural Council announced that the city of Medford has been awarded $200,000 from the Cultural Facilities Fund to support the installation of an HVAC system in the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.
Additionally, in December 2018, $300,000, Community Preservation Act funds were approved by the City Council to support the project. Compounded with $100,000 in funding committed from Wynn Casino, the city — lead by the Chevalier Theatre Civic Commission — will commence work on Phase 1 and Phase 2 on the HVAC project, which will see HVAC installed in the lobby, auditorium and dressing rooms this summer.
In conjunction with the installation of HVAC, the city has been awarded $88,000 from the Community Preservation Commission to repair and restore 19 windows serving the main auditorium space and upper patron lobby facing Forest Street. Restoration of the windows and installation of storm windows will maximize the efficiency and reduce operation costs of the HVAC system.
“We have seen an unprecedented influx of patrons to our square on the evenings of shows,” said Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke. “Our businesses are thriving, so enabling the theatre to operate year-round will continue to support our business community and economic development in the city.”
Since starting operations in December 2017, the Chevalier Theatre has sold over 170,000 tickets and boasted shows featuring Beach Boys, Darci Lynn, Donny and Marie Osmond and some of the country’s top comedians such as Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah. A $1 per ticket restoration fee paid to the city of Medford ensures the city can continue to provide capital improvements to the Chevalier Theater to keep up with its growing needs.
“The Chevalier Theatre Civic Commission is excited to have air conditioning installed at the theatre and renovations made to the windows, which will allow the theatre to present dozens of high-quality shows, which will bring patrons to our local businesses,” said Chairperson John Costas. “It took awhile but the Chevalier Theatre has finally become the catalyst for Medford Square that the Civic Commission promised in 1981.”
Bill Blumenreich Presents Inc. is the manager and operator of the theatre.
“We are so happy to have such great partners like the Mayor, City Council, Chevalier Theatre Civic Commission and Friends of Chevalier who all share our same goal, to make the Chevalier Theatre the premiere entertainment venue for Greater Boston and surrounding area,” said owner of BBP, Bill Blumenreich.
Work on the Chevalier Theatre HVAC system and window renovations will commence this summer.