A revitalization of the Orpheum Theatre could be happening in the near future as $3 million in funds has been approved through the state house.

According to the Standard Times, Ricardo Romao-Santos, a New Bedford architect and the president of Orpheum Rising Project Helpers Inc., said he is happy the bill passed and he hopes it goes forward.

Also according to the Standard Times, City Council President and Ward 6 Councilor Joseph Lopes hopes to have a performing arts high school in the former theater.

The theater opened in 1912 and has been vacant for years, and of course has been in disrepair since the 1960s. It was featured last year in an article of the 31 most haunting places in the world. 

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