Release date: October 22, 2019
Here’s Looking at You Kid
Theater Board reaches out to major donors
The seats are in at Ely’s Historic State Theater and the restoration is nearing completion thanks to Alley A Realty, who has been renovating the space for the past five years. Now the non-profit board that will operate the theater is reaching out to the community of Ely, neighboring towns and visitors to help fund the cinema equipment needed for its two theaters.
“We’d love to feature Casablanca in a classic movie series and are thrilled to bring new exciting films and offer music and theater productions in downtown Ely,” said David Wigdahl, the board’s chairperson.
On the essential wish list are super opportunities for contributions to make Ely’s movie and theater dreams come true.
2 donations of $50,000 will purchase a 4K projector and screen for the State Theater
4 donations of $10,000 will buy the State Theater’s audio system
4 donations of $5,000 will provide a stage lighting system for the State Theater
30 donations of $1,000 will purchase a projector for the second screening room
Donations in any amount are sought and welcome for there are other equipment needs as well – we can almost smell the popcorn! The board plans to invite Ely and its neighbors to an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and begin showing movies in the coming months. It will host its inaugural theater production, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, with the proposed stage lighting system, starting January 24.
“All that depends on movie, theater and music lovers—individuals and organizations— stepping up with funding for the screen, projector, audio and lighting equipment,” Said Wigdahl.“ Members of the board will reach out to people and groups who we hope will help in the next weeks.”
“To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, ‘In all the theaters in all the towns in the world, we hope you walk into ours.’”
Folks who would like to make tax deductible contributions can contact Board Chair David Wigdahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-235-6300 or P.O. Box 34, Ely, MN 55731.