To make a donation via credit or debit card on PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account to use this):

Our official name is the Steubenville Historic Landmarks Foundation we are a 501c3 non-profit.  This is what you will see when you click on the secure PayPal donation link.

Or you can also mail a check payable to the Grand Theater, to the theater at, 121 South 4th Street, Steubenville Ohio, 43952


This site is being updated to provide a chronological history of the restoration, see the Restoration & Updates tab.

As of January 2023,

Work on the Wurlitzer continues. We are almost done and are assembling it in the 125 Annex Storefront where it will stay until the theater is completed.

Work has been ongoing on the ballroom lighting wiring and the balcony steel.  Steel replacement has been inspected and approved by WBCM. Ballroom drywall on the ceiling will start soon.

Architectural work is ongoing for the emergency exit towers on each side of the theater, elevator, offices, bathrooms, and catering kitchens.  HVAC and fire suppression to follow, along with the flyloft, lighting, projection and sound.

New Windows are going to be installed in the south facade; repointing of the rear west wall and construction of the emergency exit tower on the north side of the theater in 2023.

Upcoming Events: 



Grand Theater Wurlitzer Restoration - ongoing, contact Scott to get involved.  You can sponsor the restoration of a pipe for $80, sponsor one or many and get your name inscribed on the organ once it's complete!


Volunteer Restoration of the Wurlitzer is being directed by Joseph Humpe Master Organ Builder

Volunteers working more than 5 days on the organ include the following:

Bill & Barbara Sweeney

Jeffrey & Rebecca Wargo

Tom Dear

Linda Hilty & Millie Porreca

Scott Dressel

Derek Martin & Shilee Martin

Jonathan Langham

Ed Thomas

Tami & Brian Wilson

Daniel Carroll

Howard Ramsey

Brodie Stutzman

Gabe Nelson

Mark Nelson



Donors to the organ restoration include:

Kevin Friend and Tracy Friend Carpenter, who donated the Wurlitzer back to the theater in memory of their Father and Mother who saved the organ from ruination:

Elmer & Audrey Friend

Michelle and Nadiya Albrecht

Margaret Archangel

In Memory of Dorothy "Dottie" Birch

Judith Bratten

Joanne & Russell Campbell

Francesca Carinci

In loving memory of Mary Carinci

Jim & Cheryl Chapman

David E & Sally D'Anniballe

Karen D'Anniballe

Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) wire to connect the console to the organ chambers.

Vicki Deleonardis

Gerald Diloreto

The Dikec Family

Joe Donahue

George and Beth Downes Jr.

Joseph and Audrey Dressel

Scott Dressel

Patricia and Lawrence Fletcher

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Stanley Gaston

Carolyn and Jody Glaub

Jerry E Green

Paula & Joseph Greer

Donna Hrezo in honor of Andrew & Harriet Hrezo's 53rd

Huntington Theater Organ Project Inc. Robert Edmunds a set of Kinura Pipes we were missing!

Alan and Barbara Hall

Lucy E Hall

Ed and Sue Hershey

Carol Sylee Holton

Leslie Iccus Legal Hair and Day Spa

Linda and Roger Hilty in Memory of Millie Porreca

James Hyndman

Ann Marie and Tom Lapkowicz

In Memory of Shirley Lewis

Malvin Lilly

Richard Little

Rick and Maureen Gillespie Lovell

Dennis Madama

Mary and Vince McGinn

Ohio Valley Music Guild

John & Theresa Metcalf

Richard Miller

In Memory of Geno Morelli

Anthony Mougianis Mougianis Enterprises Inc

Rosemary Murphy

Eleanor Naylor, Barium & Chemicals, Inc.

Nelson Fine Arts & Gifts

Janet Neiderhuber

Questers De He Wa Mis

Vance Posey

Jan Glaub Rainbolt

John Vernon Rainbolt II

Susan Rebich

Robert Recchie

Robert Sadowski

Ed & Madeline Stanislaw

John and Sara Stutzman

William and Barbara Sweeney

Ken Perkins Tri-State Financial Services

Valley Converting Company Inc.

Linda Wells

Andrea and Justin Wolfe in memory of Millie Porreca

Women's Club of Mingo Junction


Several of these folks have donated multiple times.  Thanks!

The Grand Theater is owned by the Steubenville Historic Landmarks Foundation, essentially itself, no person owns the Grand

A non-profit corporation the Steubenville Historic Landmarks Foundation was formed that holds the deed, the non-profit is run by a board of volunteer directors, we have no paid staff so 100% of all donations go directly to the restoration.

The Grand Theater Restoration Project Steubenville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, is run entirely by volunteers.   These volunteers are committed to creating a better future for everyone in Steubenville and the surrounding area as well as bringing the performing arts back to Historic Downtown Steubenville.  Everyone is welcome to join and become a "Friend of the Grand" and get involved in the project. 

Updates and events are posted on our Facebook page, Grand Theater for the Performing Arts Steubenville Ohio, become a fan to see updates as they happen and share your Grand Memories.

Our mission is to save, restore and promote historic downtown Steubenville so that we can all enjoy it's 200+ years of history. From its starting point at Historic Fort Steuben along the Ohio River, to the Mansions on North Fourth Street, shopping its historic storefronts downtown and dancing in the Grand Ballroom at the Fort Steuben Hotel (now apartments). Steubenville has an amazingly rich and diverse history. Everyone living in Steubenville or has ever lived or visited here should enjoy what we have today, and save it for our children to enjoy and have memories of as well.

We are also operating the Steubenville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.  Once completed we will be able to host conventions for up to 800 people at the Ballroom and theater spaces.  Attracting visitors for events and entertainment from the tri-State area and further away.

Site last Updated January 2023.