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*Our 2019 summer schedule of FREE "Friday Night Live" events with outdoor films and concerts every Friday night will be announced by March 1.
*Gateway Milbridge received a $15,000 grant from the Betterment Fund for the theatre building fund! Thank you!
* Gateway Milbridge received $20,000 thanks to a $10,000 match challenge fundraiser from Wyman's of Maine for the theatre building fund! Thank you!!
*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 $5,000 donation from Camden National 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 is complete and regularly scheduled 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 on our Live Music Fridays and
see the changes
*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.
*Milbridge Theatre Tee Shirts are available! $15 each for short sleeve and $18 each for long sleeve in a variety of colors!
After detailed input from communities across the area, our largest program is rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre as a modern, full-
The Milbridge Theatre has been a community icon since it was built in 1937. Area residents relied on the theatre for entertainment and gathering because such opportunities here are few and often a great distance away. It was one of the few facilities we had for creating a strong sense of community and belonging for area residents of all ages. Generations of our region's youth spent countless weekends of their lives at the theatre engaging in much-
When we embarked on this project, we held community meetings and conducted a detailed community survey to gauge interest and objectives in rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre. We received numerous responses reflecting overwhelming support to see the theatre reopened and expanded as a full-
The new Milbridge Theatre will not only show films, 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.
Rebuilding and reopening the Milbridge Theatre will also contribute greatly to our economy. It will create professional jobs and skill-
Phases 1 and 2 (Jan-
Phase 3 (January-
Plans call for a facility of approximately 4,400 square feet with seating for over 200. We envision the building as an efficient, easy to maintain, comfortable, year-
This process will enable us to have access to a year-
The outdoor programming we're already providing has strong, tangible results. Having a new, year-
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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