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Monroe Theatre Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

The past became the present and the present became the future as the Monroe Theatre lit up the night sky with its dancing colored lights on both the marque and building at the Woodsfield Christmas Parade December 2. Evergreen wreaths added to the holiday spirit and sparkling lights made it quite possible for onlookers to envision the reopening of the Monroe Theatre. The Theatre will be ablaze with color throughout December between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. nightly. Incidentally, it was December 2, 1939 when the much-anticipated opening occurred. 

The original architecture blueprints and floor plans have been digitized and are in the process of being added to the preliminary feasibility study a Committee volunteer is compiling. The Committee was told by Lauren Burge, restoration architect who has done some pro bono work for the group stated that the original drawings and floor plans such as the ones in the Committee’s possession are a gold mine in terms of restoration. In addition, these are a cost saving measure when she formally is employed to compile the feasibility study. Ms. Burge has been contacted regarding the employment of her services, pending her response including references of other facilities on which she has worked. 

Funding opportunities continue to be sought to complete the feasibility study and beyond. Monroe Theatre donor programs will be kicked off early in 2018. The Monroe Theatre is under the umbrella of the Monroe Arts Council 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The Committee is also listed with Amazon Smile, a program that will forward five percent of every purchase to the Theatre if the tab is clicked at the end of purchases. To utilize the rewards program, choose Monroe Arts Council as the benefactor. Other unique, theater-related fundraisers are being discussed for 2018 and input is always welcome. 

If you see the benefit of reopening and transforming the Monroe Theatre into a performing arts center with a variety of uses for the country, The Monroe Theatre needs you. The next monthly meeting is Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at he Monroe Arts Center, corners of South Paul and Church Streets. Join us and be a part of the history while making history happen! 

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Monroe Theatre history from The Spirit of Democracy, Dec. 1939: “The Monroe Theatre will have two matinée shows Saturday, Sunday and Christmas. The admission to all Saturday matinées is 10 cents. This is a chance to entertain the whole family at very little cost.

The matinée on each of these three days will be shown at 1 and 3 p.m. One of the outstanding attractions of the year, “Allegheny Uprising” is booked for Christmas starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor.”