The Twin Valley Players Colonnade Theater in Millersburg is in the process of expanding.
The northern Dauphin County theater, which reopened in 2013 with a single 146-seat theater for movies, live shows, music and art, is adding a second theater to boost its efforts.
“With one screen, it’s tough to show as many movies and at as many times as we want. This creates more flexibility,” said Adam Steppy, the theater’s general manager.
Harrisburg-based Reynolds Enterprises Inc. is overseeing the construction of the 52-seat theater, which will also include a flex room for practice areas and set building for live shows. The cost of the project is $340,750.
The expansion started in September and should wrap up by mid-December, according to Reynolds President Anthony Worrall.
The local theater group, which led the effort to bring the Colonnade back after it closed in 2000, will be a launching a fundraising campaign to help cover some of the project’s cost.
Steppy said the expansion had always been part of the theater’s revival plan, but the group held off until it could get a few years of operations under its belt.
“Now is the time to take the plunge,” he said.
The Colonnade, which originally opened in 1919 during the silent movie era, generally attracts people from surrounding towns, including Halifax, Elizabethville and Lykens. It also draws people from neighboring Perry County and others from the Harrisburg area, Steppy said.