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Theatre Quick Update!
*We are planning a series of FREE "Friday Night Live" events with outdoor films and concerts every Friday night this summer! The schedule will be released by April 1.
*Gateway Milbridge received $15,000 thanks to a match challenge from Machias Savings Bank for the theatre building fund! Thank you!!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $25,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*The New Outdoor Stage has been built and a few finishing touches will be completed in the coming weeks. Live Music and Films are now taking place on the stage!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $10,000 Morton Kelly Charitable Trust grant for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
*Work on the Marquee Shoppe renovation and expansion are underway! Theatre memorabilia displays are taking place in the old shoppe. Stop in for
our Live Music Fridays
and see the changes
*Gateway Milbridge received a $4,000 Maine Expansion Arts Fund grant from the Maine Community Foundation for our 2018 summer programming.
*Another $1,000+ donation has been received! This is our 17th donation of $1,000 or more coming from different individuals supporting the theatre project! THANK YOU!
*The 20 permanent flower planters along Main St. have continued to do well and will be changed out seasonally.
*Gateway Milbridge received a $10,000 Maine Community Foundation grant to fund development of our long term business plan for the design/ programming of the theatre.
*Milbridge Theatre Tee Shirts are available! $15 each for short sleeve and $18 each for long sleeve in a variety of colors!
A Brief History of the Milbridge Theatre
(Information derived from an article written by Phil Duggan for the Downeast Coastal Press, June 25-
Dave Parson's believed that the Milbridge Theatre is part of the town's identity.
"This has been part of what has helped the town be cohesive as a town, and been attractive to people." Compared to other small, single screen movie theatres, Parsons said, "It is a simple country theatre, but it has longevity for a theatre that isn't being operated by a committee or a non-
Generational changes in families' entertainment habits and even some social problems contribute to low turnout at movies, said Dave Parsons. People stay at home and watch movies on their large screen television sets. "Part of it goes back to that generation that they called the Greatest Generation, that had it out on behalf of this country in World War II. And these people had to pull together and live together and work together. I mean, you couldn't get sugar, you couldn't get eggs, you couldn't get milk, and people sacrificed together. And that togetherness stayed through that generation and some of the others in terms of that societal going to the movies together. People want to sit at home now and put their feet up and drink a beer and make wisecracks back and forth and watch on a large TV screen that electronics is trying to sell to them."
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