Films help Winter Street Center continue restoration

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BATH — A film series is part of the plan to raise money for restoration and maintenance of the aging Winter Street Center.

The 880 Washington St. building, formerly the Winter Street Congregational Church, is home to the Dreamland Movie Theater and other uses.

The theater, in the annex of the 1843 Gothic Revival building, shows films twice a month. The next, “Waking Ned Devine,” will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. The doors open at 6 p.m. for cartoons, shorts and serials. The suggested donation is $5, and all proceeds go toward the work needed for the building.

Approximately $100,000 was spent about four years ago to stabilize the church’s steeple. Sagadahoc Preservation has raised about $8,000 to repair the front steps of the parish hall and install a new lawn sign and better lighting from Washington Street, according to Carolyn Lockwood, the preservation group’s vice president and chairwoman of the Winter Street Center Building Committee.

The center also has a draft comprehensive plan, which was produced by DayMatero studio of Bath and funded by grants and donations. The work has involved extensive historical research, Lockwood said.

“They uncovered the original pew owners’ names, which reads like a street map of Bath,” she said.

Future plans include the restoration of the sanctuary, with the addition of handicapped accessibility and an elevator. Lockwood said crew members from the U.S.S. Jason Dunham recently volunteered to remove the carpet in the sanctuary; she called their work “a great community service.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.