With the removal of flaking tiles, worn carpet and non-bearing walls, the light is shining through for Novato Theater. Recent soft demolition on the downtown theater shows a clear view of the limitless possibilities for the future of the rebuilt Novato Theater. Upon completion, the state-of-the-art theater will showcase classic and independent film, live music, live theater, simulcast sports and live drama as well as corporate telecasts and private events. Now, it’s exciting to look around this cleared space and envision a beautiful, expanded lobby, a new, huge main stage, and a mini-theater on the second floor.
theater seats are waiting to be sold as memorabilia. The circa-1945 theater seats go on sale Aug. 1
for $20 a chair. Seat purchases can be arranged at email@example.com or
415-539-7155. The Novato Theater
committee is holding an Open House on Sat., Aug. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “The doors will be open
to welcome everyone into the theater to have a look for themselves! They’ll be able to see the work in progress,
ask questions and share ideas about what they want to see at the theater when
it opens,” said June Haugen, Novato Theater board member.
Recently Novato Theater received a prestigious
grant from the Marin Community Foundation
for $25,000. Dr. Thomas Peters, President & CEO of the
Marin Community Foundation said, “The Marin Community Foundation is pleased to
offer this $25,000 grant in support of the community’s grand effort to restore
Novato’s theatre. Supervisor Arnold made a most persuasive case about the
project’s many potential contributions, from supporting a vibrant arts
community to stimulating the downtown economy. We are proud to add our
dollars and our voice in concert with hers, and that of so many others throughout
the region, in support of a project to reinvigorate and re-imagine this vital
The Novato Theater 501(c) 3 has raised in excess of $600,000 toward its initial fundraising goal of $1.4 million in order to continue the demolition and begin construction of the new venue that will offer state-of-the-art sound, band width and both digital and 35mm projection capability. After reaching this benchmark, construction will begin and the final $2 million will be raised.
Raising these funds is in the works on many different levels. Novato Theater board of directors’ are actively working and meeting with major donor prospects, while the community volunteer team focuses on individual donations, events, partnerships, and outreach.
“Community donors are the backbone of this project,” said Haugen. “Prior fundraising estimates were perceived to be $800,000. This was not in the form of cash on hand, but rather a combination of cash donations and pledges of cash, goods and services, and signed LLC (limited partners) investors.
Included in that amount, was $120,000 in signed LLC potential investors, which would have owned the theater building real estate. Novato Theater board member and CEO of Anchor Brewing, Keith Greggor explained, “We see our mission as not only raising funds to build out the theater but also to develop sustainable ongoing operations. In reviewing those future operations, the earlier conceived LLC mechanism, essentially an unsecured debt with interest and repayment obligations, it was decided that this approach was incompatible with our mission. The theater would have to absorb the ongoing costs of managing the LLC as well as annual interest payments while facing a large and potentially crippling repayment event down the road.” This approach was abandoned and all LLC investors are donors to the project.
The Novato Theater committee and its are presenting Third Annual Free Summer Concert fundraiser, Sun., Aug. 18, from 1:00 to 5:00 on Machin St., between Vallejo St. and Sweetser St. Our Event Partners for this rockin’ street dance are Redwood Credit Union and RotoRooter Plumbers and the event features the amazing dance band Wonder Bread 5 and the hip country sound of Uphill Both Ways Band. Food, beer and wine has been generously donated by our Community Partners; Anchor Brewing, Trek Winery, Muscio’s, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Red Boy Pizza and Mi Pueblo and will be sold at the event.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.novatotheater.net. If you have additional inquiries, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.