The Cape Playhouse in Dennis has received a $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, coupled with a $250,000 grant awarded by the Dennis Community Preservation Committee, that will allow the playhouse to embark on phase 1 of a plan to insulate and re-shingle the theater.
The winterization of the building will enable the playhouse to increase its current three-month operating season to become a year-round venue, with an expansion and diversification in the scope of programming and use. This first phase of the project is anticipated to be completed by fall 2021.
The $150,000 grant is designated for exterior renovations of the Cape Playhouse for preservation, winterization and energy efficiency of the original 1838 structure that was converted into a theater by founder Raymond Moore in 1926.
In this year when the operations of arts and cultural organizations were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the playhouse has postponed its 2020 season of shows to 2021.
Meanwhile the Cape Cinema, which, along with the Cape Playhouse, is on the campus of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, will see the completion of a new roof this summer, a project also made possible through a grant of $47,500 awarded by the Dennis Community Preservation Committee in December 2019. This project is particularly important, as it will help preserve the lush Art Deco canvas mural on the barrel vaulted ceiling of the cinema. Raymond Moore, also founder of Cape Cinema, commissioned Rockwell Kent to design the work of art in 1930.
The Cape Cinema and the Cape Playhouse are at 820 Route 6A in Dennis.