Marquee needs $3.5 million for theater plan

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By Shane Farley
December 10, 2012 - 9:32:20 am

Marquee Inc. has launched a $3.5 million campaign to rehabilitate the former Fox Theatre on Main in Winfield. The building most recently was home to B&B movie theater.

The capital campaign, dubbed Movies, Music and More, will fund the transformation of the building into a multi-purpose facility for entertainment, education and cultural events. Marquee officials announced the effort at a reception Saturday.

The facility, at 1007 Main, is expected to provide theater-style seating for about 400 people.

Rehabilitation of the building began in 2006 with installation of a new roof and repairing the lobby. In 2007, a large partition wall between the upper and lower auditoriums was removed to return the theatre to its original size and space.

This year, the Marquee Board has continued improvements by adding ADA-compliant front doors and an ADA restroom. Fire sensor installation and exit lights renovation have also been completed.

“The major construction areas that lie ahead are best accomplished all at once rather than in phases,” Dick said. “For that reason, we need our community and friends to step forward now with gifts and pledges of all sizes.”

Marquee, Inc. is a non profit, so donations are fully tax deductible and pledges are being accepted for a period up to five years.”

When the Fox Theatre opened in the fall of 1950, it was touted as one of the finest theatres in this part of the country. Until its closing in 2004, the building served as a downtown anchor.

The new Marquee Performing Arts Center, will continue the cherished tradition of showing movies, Dick said. Classics, independent films, documentaries, children’s movies and others will be shown utilizing modern video and audio technology.

A new dimension to Main Street will be added – live music. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, Marquee will feature regular music performances of all kinds. Other anticipated uses include theatrical performances, live streaming and simulcasting of sports and other events, and more.

The exterior of the building will include a new marquee that replicates the original one that has been in place for more than 62 years.

Marquee has a new website at www.marqueepac.org. All of the campaign literature can be found there, as well as having the capability of making online donations. To receive more information on Marquee’s plans, to arrange a speaking engagement for community organizations, or to discuss giving opportunities, you should call Curtis Dick at (620) 402-6688 or 222-4196.

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