SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - Midwest Theater will fundraise and ask for donation after another storm damages historic marquee.
Last week’s high winds caused metal fatigue and weld failure on the letter ‘S’ which then bent forward over the sidewalk. The letter has since been pushed back against the overhang roof.
This just adds to the amount of damage over the past year the sign has seen. It started back in March with an electrical fire and then the severe hailstorms in August. Because the Midwest Theater is on the National Register of Historic places, any work on the marquee must be consistent with the historic character of the building.
The Board of Directors is discussing ongoing options to repair the sign but it is not known at this time how long it will take or how much it will cost.
The theater is asking for donations to help pay for the repairs and help match funds for grant applications. The group is also holding a fundraiser at the Gering Christmas in the Plaza event on December 7th. Theater Development Director Katie Bradshaw is going to build a gingerbread Midwest Theater and the method on how it will be demolished will be determined by the amount of donation votes each option receives. Those methods include: eaten by a snowblower, dropped from a bucket truck, slicked by a chainsaw or torched by a blowtorch. There will also be a save the gingerbread option which would have the “theater” on display throughout the holiday season.
To make a donation and cast your vote, you can:
Vote onsite from 5-6:30 the night of the event with cash or check to Midwest Theater.
Vote ahead of time by
calling 308-632-4311 to pay with a credit card.
stopping by 1707 Broadway to pay with cash, check, or credit card.
making an online donation at midwesttheater.com. Select “Midwest Marquee Fund” from the drop-down menu, create an account to check out, and please email Katie@MidwestTheater.com to specify your vote.