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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.
The Milbridge Theatre has been a community icon since 1937. Residents relied on the theatre for entertainment and gathering together. Generations of the region's youth have spent countless weekends of their lives at this theatre engaging in critical social and cultural experiences. Many "firsts" occurred here: first movie, first kiss, first date. Adults and families have relied on the theatre for entertainment and gathering together in this small community where larger social opportunities are sometimes rare and often a distance away.
The nearly 80-
However, a group of determined residents is working to purchase the site and rebuild the structure to restore a much-
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 have a broader operational and business scope to include hosting 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, gain life and employment skills, and cultivate their sense of civic engagement. A main focus of theatre programming will be on youth involvement in theatre, music, and film; and on providing a real theatre space for use by local schools and youth programs.
Bringing back the Milbridge Theatre will also contribute greatly to our economy. It will create professional jobs and skill-
We are assessing the most appropriate model for operating the theatre going forward, whether non-
This is a large undertaking and trying to do it all at once would be very difficult. That’s why we are breaking it down into more easily achievable segments (phases) while still keeping the overall project in mind. Each phase is designed to provide a successful outcome – a positive step forward with a solid accomplishment we can be proud of -
New technology requires movie theatres to update to digital projection, which can be extremely expensive. However, leasing options are available and our current cost estimates are based on available leasing options.
We're well on the way to making the Milbridge Theatre a reality. To help us meet our fundraising goals, Gateway Milbridge is embarking on a capital campaign. Our website, MilbridgeTheatre.org, provides up-
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