ACT (Arts Council of Thayer County) is a new volunteer non-profit group that was formed to operate the Majestic Theatre as a community theatre. It plans to continue on and promote the performing arts in Thayer County.
It's official! The Majestic Theatre is being managed and operated by Arts council of Thayer County (ACT). The new Majestic will be updated with digital equipment for sharper images, better quality and newer movies. It will also be home to concerts, plays, student activities and events aimed toward the entertainment and inspiration of Thayer County residents and visitors.
We need to raise $60,000 for the digital upgrade and we already have made progress toward that goal!
Get your tax deductible donations in NOW! Write your check to the Bruning Community Foundation, note in the memo line that it is for ACT/Majestic Fund and take it to any county bank or mail it to Bruning Bank, PO Box 100, Bruning, NE 68322.
You can help maintain a true American art form in rural Nebraska! Let's keep film and performing arts alive in Thayer county!
Keeping the theatre viable benefits our local residents and youth with safe entertainment, as well as being an important aspect in recruiting employees, individuals, and families to all Thayer County Communities.
If you are interested in being one of the founders of a volunteer organization to operate the theatre, please contact Deb Cossaart at 402-440-5975. An e-mail address has been set-up at firstname.lastname@example.org also.
Geneva, Belleville, Oxford, Gothenburg, Mankato, KS and Kearney are examples of communities that have worked together to create a strong volunteer community board that runs successful theatre programs. Some of these theatres are owned by the volunteer organization, others are owned by the city and operated through a volunteer board. Individuals, families, and organizations such as Lions, Rotary, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, FCCLA, FBLA, 4-Her’s, FFA, Church groups, and youth groups, help staff the movies on a rotating basis.
A great deal of investigation has been done by the Save the Majestic Committee regarding costs, equipment, funding options, legal issues, non-profit status. This group believes that the next step is finding individuals willing to commit to creating a board/organization to move from discussion to taking action.
Again, if you are interested in being one of the founders of a volunteer organization to operate the theatre, please contact Deb Cossaart at: 402-440-5975.
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THANK YOU TO THE GREAT PEOPLE
OF THAYER COUNTY AND BEYOND!!!
WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $60,000
AND THEN SOME!!!
Thanks to the dedication and generosity of the Thayer County residents and friends, we have reached our goal and have purchased our new digital projector!! This will make it much easier to bring new movies to the county, as well as older special requests for organizations and parties. We are very excited and extremely thankful!
If you have donated money or ideas, attended a film, a meeting or an event, made a pie or a bowl, hung up a poster or a sign, swept or painted, made popcorn or phone calls, liked us on facebook or liked us in person -- you have made this extraordinary thing possible! We've not just saved a wonderful form of entertainment in Thayer County, but we've brought people together, set a worthy goal and achieved it! It may not seem profound, but together we truly are a positive force in this world, setting an example for future generations.
There are many ways you can help us continue the project. We are in the process of preparing the cinema for showing digital films. This includes hanging fire-proof fabric on the walls, laying carpet, painting the floor and installing seats. After that, we plan to renovate the lobby and bathrooms which will require sheetrock work, painting, countertops and cabinets, plumbing and electrical work. Anyone who would like to help with any of this work is encouraged to let us know. Email us at email@example.com or call 402-365-7717.
Also, volunteers are needed to help every weekend with showing the movies. It's fun and fairly easy to learn. (Volunteers must be 16 years or older.) We are committed to being a volunteer-run, community-funded organization. Please contact us by email or call Crystal at 402-768-4183 for more information.
Back Row: Lloyd Van Cleef, Kurk Wiedel, Harold Stone, Michael Pracheil, JD Anderson Front Row: Marion Van Cleef, Deb Cossaart, Tamara Deepe, Crystal Fangmeier, Kathy Retzlaff, Deb Craig Missing: Megan Hinrichs, Carlece Kenner, Jana Tietjen, Tish Templin and Jackie Haller
Donations so far:
As of May 2, 2013
More good news for the Majestic!
Last night a dedicated crew worked until late in cinema two, preparing for new seats and our digital equipment (scheduled to arrive the end of May!). We removed the bolts from all the seats and carried out quite a few (it took six men to move them as they were attached in rows of five or six). Chuck Fink brought his scaffolding and a team of us removed the screen, rolled it up and carried it away. The hole in the ceiling is almost finished being repaired. The Majestic letters from the North side of the building were stripped and cleaned to ready them for new LED lights.
All good things and lots of fun! Anyone who wants to help - there is plenty more to do - can call JD at 402-365-7717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will tentatively be meeting at the theatre Tuesdays at 5 pm to continue renovations (except for the third Tuesday of each month when we'll have our board meetings). Some work may also be done during the movies this weekend, Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Call JD to make sure.
In other news, today, March 20th, we are officially incorporated. We can now call ourselves ACT, Inc. OR ACT I! (This doesn't mean we are a 501c3 yet but we are getting closer.)
Let's keep the momentum going.:-)
ACT takes proprietorship of Majestic Theatre
You may have noticed that the marquee at the Majestic Theater has revealed some exciting news for Thayer County. The Arts Council of Thayer County (ACT) has officially taken over ownership of the Majestic Theatre as of Feb.1, 2013. Over the next few months volunteers will be working diligently to update the interior and exterior of the building while continuing to raise funds for digital equipment and renovations. While these renovations are taking place, the theater will be showing 35 mm films on a limited basis. Read the full article at the Hebron Journal-Register
Tax Deductible Donations now being accepted!
ACT is now able to accept (tax deductible) donations!
If you want to help save the last theatre in Thayer County - and maybe soon the surrounding area, please help with what you can.
Write a check to the Bruning Community Foundation and clearly note in the memo line: for ACT / Majestic Fund.
Mail checks to The Bruning Community Foundation, PO Box 100 Bruning, NE 68322.
Checks can also be taken to the following locations:
Bruning State Bank: Bruning, Hebron
Thayer County Bank: Hebron
Cornerstone Bank: Davenport
State Bank of Chester
Midwest Bank - Deshler
Byron State Bank
Great Western Bank - Hebron
New Article in the Hebron Journal-Register (Oct. 31, 2012)
"Gebers said she is more than willing to help anyone take over the Majestic Theatre and is full of suggestions for making the entertainment facility attractive such as removing the wall between the two cinemas to create one large theater thereby allowing room for a larger screen for one theater instead of one new small screen for the digital projector. “A new screen, sound system and digital projector are all part of a digital package,” she said. “And a bigger screen is a bigger draw.” - Read the Article
News:- We're looking for used equipment and require roof repair
Ideally we will find some used equipment at a much more reasonable price. Also, repairs are needed on the roof. Any local roofers able to help out?
Please check back as more details become available.