Meghan Irons in the Globe reports on efforts to save and restore the Everett Theater in Hyde Park:
But Donald Hussey and Pat Tierney can see beyond the dust and debris inside this former vaudeville house. They envision something majestic on Fairmount Avenue: a grand stage, live performances, 500 people filling the seats - all spilling into the neighborhood's downtown, breathing new life into a community that so badly needs it.
For more than two decades the owners - Tierney, Hussey, and their two business partners Jacqueline Stanton and Dorothy White - have struggled to make their dream of restoring the Everett into reality. But despite their efforts - they've rallied volunteers, held meat raffles, even summoned a "ghostologist" to check for demons - the restoration has never really gotten off the ground because of lack of funds and waning community interest.
"We've never had people that believed in it as much as we did," said Tierney, who said the Everett will need about $7 million to restore.