Church buys former Urbana cinema

URBANA — An Urbana church finalized its agreement Wednesday to purchase the Twin Cinema building along Main Street.

Urbana United Methodist Church announced last month its intentions to purchase the building and establish a community space with the motto “Reach, Restore and Revive Our Community.”

The church has established the Community Theater Development Coalition, to facilitate its effort. The coalition is intended to manage upcoming projects in the plan while a 501(C)(3) non-profit entity is created.

A fundraising effort is under way as the group looks to remodel the cinema and return the theater to its original, single-stage design.