The face of the Studio Theater on Central Avenue in Middletown no longer exists, and soon, the once-stately 90-year-old entertainment venue itself will leave a hole much bigger than the one leaking water into the seating area.
After several false starts to the demolition, including the lack of funding in 2009 and an error in bidding for current work, Vicker’s Demolition began tearing down the front of the theater on May 21.
The City of Middletown acquired the title to the 30,000-square-foot Studio Theater property in 2014, according to Jennifer Ekey, city economic development director. The building has been vacant since 1988.
City leaders are not certain how long the demolition will take. The Studio Theater is attached to two adjoining occupied buildings owned by Liberty Spirits, including one that sustained water damage related to the condition of the theater building.