The Alexander Theater: Approved for Renovation & Retrofit!

As one of the most prominent, historic properties in the heart of Christiansted, the Old Alexander Theater has remained a key element of the Foundation’s downtown revitalization vision and strategy since 1998 when we first became court-appointed receivers of several properties in Sunday Market Square. Once a thriving movie theater and the center of economic activity in the mid to late-1900s, the theater has stood in disrepair for over two decades.

 

Today, St. Croix Foundation is excited to announce that we have just been officially approved for Phase 1 of a Hazard Mitigation Grant through FEMA to renovate and retrofit the Alexander Theater in Sunday Market Square into a state-of-the-art performing arts center and the only downtown Christiansted disaster shelter that can hold upwards of 300 people.  A longstanding vision of St. Croix Foundation’s, we’ve been working diligently over the past year and a half to develop a comprehensive application that will bring this historic theater back online. A perfect example of the Foundation’s holistic approach to community development and to leveraging scarce dollars for multiple impact, the theater will become St. Croix’s first modern indoor performing arts and conference convening space  that can house hundreds of guests; it will add to the territory’s disaster shelter pool; and, it will serve as an economic stimulus for Christiansted. As we think about our territory’s future resilience,  the message we hope this sends to our community, is one of hope, of optimism, and of the power of civic-led partnerships to transform and strengthen our community for good and for all.

 

When will the actual work begin? Stay tuned and keep an eye open on the corner of Sunday Market Square for signs that our vision is becoming a reality!

 

The Alexander Theater is part of the Foundation’s Sunday Market Square Project, which aims to encourage economic activity on St. Croix through holistic block development in historic downtown Christiansted.  Once a vital commerce and communal hub in the 1700s when enslaved Africans were allowed to trade goods and socialize in the Square on Sundays, their only day off from work, our vision for the future is that the Square will once again serve as an important Cultural and Economic Center for St. Croix.

 

The Foundation wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the community partners who have been an integral part of this project over many years and to FEMA, for sharing our vision and helping us expand it as we demonstrate community resilience and holistic community development.

 

For more information on the Alexander Theater, please contact St. Croix Foundation’s office directly at 340.773.9898.

Get the word out!

Advertise your events and business using the Alexander Theater Marquee in Sunday Market Square.  The marquee boasts high traffic visibility and three panels lit in the evenings. Panels rent from $65 to $95 per business week. Call us at 340.773.9898 for information.