Sterling Opera House! 1889
Derby! Connecticut Living Connecticuts History
RationaleRestoration of the Sterling Opera House will provide the City of Derby with much-needed municipal office space and the Lower Naugatuck Valley with a civic center for the region.
The Sterling will constitute a vital component of revitalization of downtown Derby and will help stimulate economic growth in the region. The opera house will provide a venue for the performing arts and for the events that bind a community together.
Envisioned for the Sterlings future are performances by community and childrens theater groups, recitals and film festivals, lectures, debates, city meetings, civic conferences and business gatherings.
The cultural center will serve Derby and the surrounding Valley communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. Together, these towns and cities constitute a unique culture that is the Valley C an area occupying 100 square miles and serving a population of 94,000.
Proposed is a commitment to restoration by a partnership of the City of Derby, the Olde Birmingham Business Association and the Sterling Opera House Foundation.
Capital Improvement Costs*
Retail (basement) $300,000
Office (first floor) $1,200,000
*Preliminary estimates, hard and soft costs
Brochure Design by Nick Povinelli, Joseph Migani, Marsha Fried, Paul Lane
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