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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.
*Wyman's of Maine WILL MATCH EVERY DOLLAR donated to us through May 31 (up to a total of $10,000)! Please donate now to help us maximize this opportunity.
*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!
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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