Improvements scheduled to begin in early 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2013) — Almost one year into its fundraising campaign, the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre is well on its way to meeting its campaign goal for upgrades to Lexington’s most famous movie house.
The campaign kick-off took place with a successful 90-year birthday celebration at the Kentucky Theatre on Oct. 10, 2012. Thanks to the generosity of Lexington and Central Kentucky’s movie-loving public, businesses, and with additional support from the city, the amount raised since that time is $705,600.
Phase I of planned improvements to the theatre, the conversion to digital projection and sound equipment considered the most urgent needs, were completed this summer. Construction for completing additional upgrades including the installation of new seating, electrical and lighting upgrades, and new carpet and paint, has been scheduled to begin on Feb. 17, 2014, and is estimated to take six to eight weeks. The State Theatre will remain open during this time.
The Friends fundraising efforts will ramp up over the coming months with the seat purchase/donation program, special events and participation in the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s Good Giving Challenge, scheduled to begin Nov. 1. Details for donating to the Friends campaign are available at kentuckytheatrefriends.org or bgcf.org. Checks can be made payable to “Friends of the Kentucky Theatre” and mailed to the Bluegrass Community Foundation, 250 W. Main Street, #1220, Lexington, KY 40507.
The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre is a non-profit organization comprised of civic-minded community leaders and members united in the mission to preserve, renovate and enhance the Kentucky Theatre and create a fund for its continued maintenance over the coming years. The 90-year-old cinema has become a cultural fixture in downtown Lexington regularly offering diverse, community-centered programming (and the best popcorn anywhere.)
Tax-deductible contributions may be made via a charitable fund established with Blue Grass Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3).