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New Cumberland's West Shore Theatre changing hands

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An ownership change is in the works for the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland.
An ownership change is in the works for the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland. - (Photo / )

New Cumberland officials say the borough's West Shore Theatre, a longtime landmark on Bridge Street, is in the process of an ownership change after closing in December.

Mayor Doug Morrow, who is part of the group that is redeveloping the nearby Coakley's Restaurant and Irish Pub, said he is meeting with the unnamed buyer this weekend to talk about future plans for the building. 

Morrow said a news conference may take place early next week.

As the revitalization of Coakley's began to take shape in November, borough officials said multiple parties were looking at the West Shore Theatre. A dinner theater concept was among the possibilities discussed.

The mayor posted on Facebook this week that he was looking forward to the new buyer's "quest to make it a community theater."

The West Shore Theatre has been a fixture on Bridge Street since 1939, but has struggled financially in a changing entertainment landscape that has hit independent cinemas hard.

Longtime owner Fred Bollen listed the property for sale in 2015.

If operations are restored under new ownership, the theater could again serve as an anchor property in New Cumberland.

Recent newcomers to the borough include Lemoyne-based Dead Lightning Distillery, which opened a retail tasting room last weekend at 311 Bridge St.

The distillery joined Funtastik, a skateboarding and snowboarding shop, that recently opened at 309 Bridge St.

A brewpub restaurant called Bridge Street Brew Works is in the works for the main Coakley's space at 305 Bridge St. Final details have not yet been announced.

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