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Agreement reached to sell Worcester Memorial Auditorium

June 1, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to sell the long-vacant Worcester Memorial Auditorium, and the new owners have big plans for the historic building.

The Boston-based Architectural Heritage Foundation, a redevelopment agency focused on the preservation of historic buildings, has agreed to purchase the building from the city of Worcester for $450,000 and plans to spend $94 million renovating it. The foundation has two years to close on the deal.

The proposal includes a roughly 2,000-seat main auditorium, an IMAX-style theater, a fine-dining restaurant, space for media workrooms, and even a venue for esports competitions.

The Classical Revival-style auditorium was built in 1933 to honor World War I veterans. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but has been vacant for the past two decades.

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