Fundraising for Pennsylvania theater going slow

posted by danpetitpas on November 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm

MT. LEBANON, PA — Fundraising to renovate the Denis Theatre is going slower than expected. $238,000 has been raised, but its non-profit board had hoped to raise $1 million by the end of the year.

The Denis Theatre Foundation received its first six-figure gift of $100,000 last Oct. 29th, but it seems unlikely to make this year’s goal.

An estimated $3 million will be needed for an extensive renovation to reopen the 1938 theater closed in 2004. The theater went non-profit earlier this year.

Read more in The Almanac.

(Thanks to macwagen for providing the photo.)

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Comments (4)

nerwall16
nerwall16 on November 18, 2008 at 10:14 pm

the economy is in the toilet but it would be nice to see the community rally and bring back a piece of there past. entertainment is so important when times are harsh like today

while i have never been up to this area and maybe i never will im allways pulling for people with a will to get the projector running again and bring back a piece of the past

SusanD
SusanD on November 19, 2008 at 4:50 am

I wish them all the success in the world. Especially after what happened to the Hollywood in Dormont, I hope they can make a go of this place.

markp
markp on November 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Couldn’t agree more newt.

jrobitaille
jrobitaille on November 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm

I wonder what the rent is for theatre you have? I am looking into the feasibility of opening a theatre in Halifax, NS and am wondering what rents for single screen theatre’s are like. I would imagine they are less per sq ft then average commercial rents since they occupy less prime street front commercial space. Is this true? What can I expect to pay for rent on a single screen theatre in a medium sized city?
Thanks,

Joel Robitaille

Hailfax

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