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*Thank you to everyone who participated in our Live Game Show Night. We netted over $8,000 from the event while having a great time with everyone who attended!
*THANK YOU DARLINGS CAR DEALERSHIPS for your sponsorship of our Live Game Show Night. Please show them your appreciation!
*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!
*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
* We are planning a full series of outdoor movies and concerts FREE to the public for next summer 2018!
*Capital Campaign efforts for the new building construction are beginning. With Phase 3 nearly complete, we are beginning Phase 4-
*Milbridge Theatre Tee Shirts are available! $15 each for short sleeve and $18 each for long sleeve in a variety of colors!
*Gateway Milbridge received a $10,000 Maine Community Foundation grant for the theatre project! The grant funds development of our long term business plan for the design/ programming of the theatre.
*The 20 permanent flower planters along Main St. have continued to do well and will be changed out seasonally for Autumn and the Holidays
*Another $1,000+ donation has been received! This is our 15th donation of $1,000 or more coming from different individuals supporting the theatre project! THANK YOU!
*It was a fantastic Milbridge Days 2017, and we are pleased to have helped in the planning and fun for the weekend.
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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