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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.
Bringing Back the Milbridge Theatre -
Running any business or non-
The nearly 80-
However, a group of determined residents is working to purchase the site and rebuild the structure to restore a much-
Gateway Milbridge, the community organization formed in response to the public's concern over the fate of the theatre, has a Board of 10 community leaders and residents who donate countless hours of their personal time. To date, we've held several public awareness-
The Milbridge Theatre has been a community icon since 1937. Residents relied on the theatre for entertainment and gathering together. Many "firsts" occurred here: first movie, first kiss, first date. My own first love will forever be associated with the Milbridge Theatre; this campaign has resurrected similar memories from many supporters.
Reconstructing the Milbridge Theatre will serve Downeast communities in the vast area between Ellsworth and Eastport. With the recent closing of the Ellsworth movie theatre, residents must travel up to 90 miles to see a first-
The new Milbridge Theatre will not only show movies, but will host live performances, local talent, historic and art film, educational programs, and other community events. Importantly, it will provide a venue for the region's youth to develop their artistic and creative interests.
Above all, bringing back the Milbridge Theatre will contribute greatly to our economy. It will create jobs and skill-
Gateway is a nonprofit 501c3 designated organization, and we will plan to operate the theatre as nonprofit entity while using the best features and business planning associated with a for profit business. The Milbridge Theatre will contribute significantly to our economy and the village's tax revenues. Gateway Milbridge will replace the existing building with a newly constructed, safe and modern theatre that will require an initial investment of several hundred thousand dollars-
Milbridge is a critical commercial center for Washington County residents and is the western gateway to the Bold Coast Scenic Byway (boldcoastbyway.com), which connects over 125 miles of stunning coastal scenery. Milbridge serves as the region's welcome center to a potential market of over two million annual visitors to Acadia National Park, approximately 6% of whom currently continue on to Washington County, mainly through Milbridge.
Investing in the vitality of Milbridge-
We're well on the way to making the Milbridge Theatre a reality. Fundraising is underway, and we need to raise initial funds to purchase the property by early summer. For more information, and to help make this community dream come true, please visit MilbridgeTheatre.org or contact one of our many Board members listed on the website.
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