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Pastor restores theater in his Williamsburg church

Jun 03, 2015

MckelahantheatreA Williamsburg pastor will reopen a long-forgotten theater inside his church to the public this weekend, after working for years to restore the abandoned performance space back to its former glory.


The churchman says he felt compelled to save the old playhouse for the sake of both his own flock and the community at large, as so many of the neighborhood’s arts venues have recently closed due to skyrocketing rents.


"Part of a church’s mission is to help people express what it means to be human, and the arts are an important part of that," said Pastor Ben McKelahan, who is the head of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on S. Fifth Street at Rodney Street. "Also, there are so many small venues that have shut down in Williamsburg and artists need more places to show off their work."


Read the full article in The Brooklyn Paper here.