A very prominent name in Rhode Island is visiting New Bedford Thursday night.

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci is scheduled to speak at Gallery X on William Street, floating ideas to the public on how to save the Orpheum Theater in the South End. ORPH Inc.

President Charles Hauck says in the mid-1970s, Buddy was able to save a significant portion of Providence from ruin.

Hauck hopes Buddy will inspire some new ideas as the organization looks to restore the Orpheum to it's former glory. Money and legal issues are holding up the process.

Buddy Cianci is scheduled to speak at 7pm at Gallery X. The event is free.