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*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!
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Our nearly 80-
Reconstructing the Milbridge Theatre will serve Downeast communities in the vast area between Ellsworth and Eastport. With the closing of the Ellsworth movie theatre, residents must travel up to 70 miles to see a first-
The new Milbridge Theatre will not only show films, 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-
Investing in the vitality of Milbridge-
Gateway Milbridge, has a board of 11 community leaders and residents who donate countless hours of their personal time. To date, we've held several public awareness-
It's truly been an amazing period of progress with the theatre project. You helped us conclude the purchase of the theatre/land in full, complete removal of the structurally unsound parts of the building, and create an interim plan to make the theatre property useful immediately, while improving the appearance of our downtown, and providing a benefit to all of our area residents. With your input, we developed and accomplished three specific and beneficial projects/goals:
*Over 50% of the costs of labor and materials for building the outdoor stage and Marquee Shoppe renovations/expansion were donated by businesses and skilled workers from the area. Thank you!
Starting at the end of last summer, we began hosting FREE, live music performances using the new outdoor stage. In addition, through the generosity of a donor, we have purchased outdoor movie equipment (projection, sound, screen etc). We are working on movie licensing agreements so we can host outdoor/indoor movies for everyone to enjoy. We are working to complete the new addition to the Marquee Shoppe to include a small kitchen and public restrooms for use during performances. For summer 2018, a regular series of Friday night events is planned on the outdoor stage with music, movies, and other performances throughout the summer -
We anticipate using the outdoor stage and Marquee Shoppe for two to three years while we prepare and conduct a larger capital campaign effort to raise the funds necessary for the construction of a new theatre and arts center building on the lot.
Our major capital campaign effort will seek funding from a variety of sources, including local individuals, local businesses, foundation grants, public grants for community development, and significant volunteer efforts. No funding is being sought or provided from the town government or local tax dollars.
We have drafted a business plan to take us through the next three to four years. The business plan draws from extensive interviews with other theatres in the region and from major donors and gifting groups/foundations across Maine.
In addition, we are working with an architect who has generously donated his time to help us with design concepts for a new building. Our goal is to have a modern and flexible-
Please help us keep the momentum and progress going. Your support is critical to this project. Gateway Milbridge is a 501c3 designated nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-
On behalf of all of us at Gateway Milbridge, thank you for helping us bring back the Milbridge Theatre while reinvigorating Milbridge's downtown and sense of community spirit!
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