UTICA -- The historic Uptown Theatre in South Utica will soon have a new name and new owners!
The theatre is set to re-open as a non-profit organization. Its new owners say renovations will begin in the upcoming months and the new name will be ‘Uptown Theater for Creative Arts’.
The new owner, Devin Mahoney, will travel from California to return to his hometown of Utica to take over the theatre.
Mahoney wants the theatre to hold live performances, movie screenings, and workshops for the community.
Tracey Mills, the previous owner of the building, is hoping the theatre can be an asset to south Utica.
"It brings people here, it brings people to this area,” Mills said. “We've lost the restaurants, we've got a few still open in the area. But I think a community center, it gives a central area where people can come and just be a community, be a part of the community."
Mills says she was able to donate the building after M&T bank released the theatre’s nearly half a million dollar mortgage.
She says, after going through a foreclosure, she feels the theatre will have success as a non-profit because it can get funding through the government and grants.
A re-open date for the theatre has not yet been announced.