Skyline Theatre Project fundraising officially launches
The group needs to raise $170,000 by mid-June to purchase the historic theater building.
Restoring a Pinedale icon
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
Original post February 14, 2019 | Updated February 19, 2019
The fundraising campaign to purchase the building for the historic Skyline Theatre in Pinedale has officially begun.
The theater showed movies in Pinedale for more than forty years, from 1940 into the 1980s. There are great stories of locals playing bit parts in several movies filmed in the area, helping out, and contributing livestock. There are also many great stories of people who used to work in the theater and those who went there to see movies. After it closed, the building was used by Walt’s Plumbing & Heating for their business operations.
Some of the old theater equipment and decorations are still around, including the old film projector, film reels, the iconic silhouettes, and the popcorn machine. The building is currently unused and is located in Pinedale’s Historic District at 14 N Franklin Avenue.
A group of local citizens is now working to purchase the building and then hope to restore it, and operate it as a non-profit community theater to hold live stage performances, show movies, and host community functions. The group has started a fundraising campaign to raise $170,000 by mid-June, 2019. The initial objective is to raise $160,000 to purchase the property and $10,000 which will be used to write grants for the renovation. The project is working under the umbrella of the non-profit Sublette Group for Community Initiative, a tax-exempt public charity.
Anticipated programming includes:
Second Run Films (the window between when a film is a 1st run and comes out on DVD)
Independent and Foreign Films
Old films (after films have been released on DVD)
Small Performances (small stage, there is no backstage area for large plays)
Live Televised Events
Support has been received to date from the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Main Street, Jorgensen Associates, Paul Rock Appraisals, High Mountain Real Estate, Greenwood Law/Bing Law P.C., the Sublette County Historical Society, Pinedale Online, Office Outlet, and property owners Joe and Annie Sondgeroth who have been gracious and patient throughout.
Donation boxes have been placed around Pinedale for the fundraising campaign. Donations can also be made online through a crowdfunding website at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Skylinetheatrewy. Donations can also be made out by check to SGCI: Skyline Theatre and mailed to:
SGCI: Skyline Theatre
P.O. BOX 753
Pinedale, WY 82941
Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, go to the project website: http://www.skylinetheatrewy.com, on Facebook at Skyline Theatre Project, or email email@example.com.
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