Posted Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Morris County Freeholder Board has recognized the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown with a formal congratulatory resolution.

Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo and Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo presented the resolution to Allison Larena, president and CEO of MPAC, at the center’s anniversary celebration Sept. 29.Freeholders Salute Mayo Performing Arts Center

Built in 1937 as the Community Theatre, it was once the crown jewel of Walter Reade’s chain of movie theatres in New Jersey.

By the 1980s, however, it closed, sitting dark and idle and falling into disrepair until 1994 when a dedicated group of volunteers came together and saved the Theatre from an uncertain fate.

It reopened as a performing arts center on Sept. 29, 1994, and was renamed the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2011.

The freeholder resolution calls MPAC “a thriving and vibrant arts center” that has a yearly economic impact in excess of $14 million on the Morris County region.

Director Mastrangelo and Freeholder DeFillippo congratulated the center’s board of trustees, staff and volunteers for “helping to make the Mayo Performing Arts Center one of the preeminent arts and cultural organizations in New Jersey.”

Pictured, left to right, are Freeholder Director Mastrangelo, Ms. Larena and Freeholder DeFillippo.