Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria closed while sprinkler system is installed

Work has begun on a public-safety project at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria, squeaking in under the deadline for a county use permit, which required work to begin by July 31.

About five plays a year had been produced at the Main Street theater from the time it opened in December 1976 until “Finishing Touches” closed Feb. 28.

Under orders of the Cambria Fire Department and the county Planning Department, the playhouse must complete installation of a fire-extinguishing sprinkler system before it will be allowed to reopen.

Theater co-owner James Buckley said it will take more than two months to finish installing the system. James and his father, Jim, theater founder, plan to host a gala reopening and fundraiser at the 58-seat theater.

“A longtime friend of the Plough,” James Buckley said, “who wishes to remain anonymous but deserves tremendous gratitude, stepped forward with a low-interest loan of $35,000 for the project.”